GREENSBORO, N.C. - McKenna Maycock added another eye-popping entry to her voluminous personal athletic resume on Tuesday at North Carolina A&T University.
She'll be able to file it under the following heading: ''All-American.''
Above, McKenna Maycock is seen competing at the USA?Track & Field Region 2 Junior Olympics at Strider Field earlier this month. Below, Maycock wears her medal after capturing All-American honors at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships on Tuesday.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle (above), Submitted photo (below)
Sparked by personal bests in the javelin and 800 meters - the penultimate and final events - the Randolph teenager representing the Chautauqua Striders earned All-American designation for the second time since 2011 by placing sixth in the 15-16 Girls heptathlon at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
''She's a two-time All-American,'' Chautauqua Striders coach David Reinhardt said. ''She's gone to two national meets and come home with two medals. To come home with a medal is something quite special.''
And, just like she did two summers ago at the USATF Nationals in Wichita, Kan., Maycock, who arrived in Greensboro ranked 13th, saved her best for last.
Starting the day in seventh place after compiling 2,451 points in four events on Monday, the junior-to-be at Randolph Central School began the second day with a ninth-place finish in the long jump (16-4 for 557 points), followed by a 16th-place throw in the javelin (71-1). The latter event dropped her into 10th place overall, Reinhardt said, but what was significant was the toss earned her nearly twice as many points (320) as her best throw (164) did at the regional meet two weeks ago at Strider Field. Given the competitiveness of the 31-athlete field, every point was precious.
''Coach (Liz) Aldrich worked with me (last week) and she was patient, even when I couldn't get it right,'' Maycock said. ''She gave me little notes so I could remember everything.''
Maycock didn't need any assistance in the final heptathlon event - the 800 - winning her heat in 2:18.63 to finish second overall and come away with 803 points.
''The difference between fifth and 12th place was separated by only 100 points,'' Reinhardt said. ''She needed to go out and give her best. Just for her to go from 10th to sixth, she needed her best.''
Leading her heat for the first 300 meters, Maycock relinquished her advantage, but got it back with between 200-300 meters remaining
''McKenna made a move and went by the girl and pretty much held the lead with a little bit of a kick as well,'' Reinhardt said. ''We knew she had a great time, but with all the girls so close it wasn't until 20 minutes later when we got the scores that came down from USATF.''
The numbers didn't lie. Maycock had jumped from 10th to sixth in the standings, good enough for All-American honors. Her aggregate point total - 4,170 - was 274 better than what she did at regionals two weeks ago and just 16 points behind fifth-place finisher Tairyn Montgomery of the Los Angeles Jets. The winner was Emma Fitzgerald, competing unattached, with 4,698 points.
''When you look at the heptathlon,'' Reinhardt said, '' it's speed, it's strength, it's endurance, it's mental toughness and it's seven events over two days.''
And to Maycock, who was a pentathlon All-American in the 13-14 Girls in Wichita in 2011, it's simply an ''awesome feeling.''
She doesn't have much time to consider her latest accomplishment, because she's scheduled to compete in the 400-meter hurdles this morning.
''Hopefully, ''Maycock said with a laugh, ''I can do it again.''