Title IX at 50: Mumford Sprinter's Magnificent 2006 Final Remains Unmatched

By Geoff Kimmerly
MHSAA.com senior editor

May 31, 2022

Michigan’s illustrious track & field history is filled with legends who have achieved glory at every race distance and in every field event.

But the sprints arguably remain the featured attraction at any meet – and Shayla Mahan’s Lower Peninsula Division 1 Finals performance on June 3, 2006, at East Kentwood remains among the most glorious and awe-inspiring over nearly a century of MHSAA history.

The then-Detroit Mumford junior’s 11.54-second finish in the 100 meters was nearly four tenths better than the runner-up, and 16 hundredths of a second faster than the previous all-Finals record run by Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Crystal Braddock in 1998.

Later in the meet, Mahan covered the 200 meters in 23.74 seconds – nearly a second faster than the field and almost a half-second faster than the previous all-Finals record of 24.20 run by Southfield-Lathrup’s Tenisha Griggs in 2003. Along the way, Mahan also ran on the winning 800-meter relay.

Among running events since the move from yards to meters during the early 1980s, Mahan’s records are the oldest remaining on the girls all-Finals board. Some all-time greats have made runs at those records – Detroit Cass Tech’s Kyra Jefferson, East Kentwood’s Sekayi Bracey, White Lake Lakeland’s Grace Stark and Detroit Renaissance’s Kaila Jackson are among those who have come closest to matching Mahan’s Finals bests. Even Mahan the following spring as a senior missed improving on her milestones, running an 11.76 in the 100 and 24.11 in the 200 to again win both.

Jackson this weekend may have the best opportunity of anyone over the last 15 seasons. The senior’s best times in those races this spring are 11.52 and 23.85, respectively, as she seeks Saturday at Rockford High School to win her third Lower Peninsula Division 1 Finals title in the 200 and second in the 100 (and she might have been running for fourth and third championships, respectively, if the 2020 season hadn’t been canceled because of COVID-19).

Mahan went on to run at South Carolina, earning All-America honors multiple seasons. She also competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

Second Half's weekly Title IX Celebration posts are sponsored by Michigan Army National Guard.

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PHOTO Detroit Mumford's Shayla Mahan finishes first in the 100 meters at the 2006 Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final. (Photo by Run Michigan.)