GREENSBORO, N.C. - McKenna Maycock and Mackenzie Swartzman of the Chautauqua Striders not only became All-Americans by finishing in the top eighth at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University on Sunday afternoon, but they also earned medals.
Maycock won a silver medal by finishing second in the 15-16 girls 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.91. She was edged by Akuira Young, who finished in 1:10.79.
''If McKenna would have had another 5 feet she would have won it,'' said Striders coach David Reinhardt.
Mackenzie Swartzman, left, and McKenna Maycock of the Chautauqua Striders display the bronze and silver medals they won on Sunday at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
It was the Randolph resident's second All-American designation this year, and third of her career, by finishing sixth in the heptathlon last week.
Swartzman, who will be a freshman at Frewsburg, took third place in the 13-14 girls 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:47.00.
Maycock competed in the Junior Olympics in 2011 and was an All-American in the pentathlon, but she did not participate last year. This year was Swartzman's first as a member of the Striders and it was her first trip to the Junior Olympics.
''For as young as she is, she's a very talented distance runner,'' Reinhardt said.
In all, the Striders finished with three All-Americans. In addition to Maycock and Swartzman, Jordan Powers finished fourth in the steeplechase last week.
''It doesn't happen very often,'' Reinhardt said. ''That's probably one of our highest finishes in a long time.''
In 2005, the Striders captured four All-American honors and again one athlete did it twice. Blake Eaton of Allegany-Limestone took those honors in the shot and discus while Travis Prejean of Jamestown did it in the 1,500 and Geoffrey Lesch-Wragge of Fredonia in the 800.
Prejean is now a Striders coach and is also Swartzman's coach at Frewsburg.
Both Maycock and Swartzman will be moving up in classification next year. Maycock will compete in the 17-18 Division and Swartzman will be in 15-16.
''This kind of wraps up our season,'' Reinhardt said. ''It was a long eight days.''
Now there will be a bit of a break for the two Striders' medal winners, but not for long. Soon practice will begin in high school volleyball for Maycock and soccer for Swartzman.