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Mock rocks

June 07, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

Meghan Mock almost makes a track and field meet sound like a party.

"I'm competitive, but when I'm doing my events, I like to have fun and talk to people and everything," the Berkeley Springs junior said. "I don't sit there and worry about it. I'm serious, but it relaxes you when you talk to people."

Mock was the talk of the West Virginia Class AA Girls State Track & Field Championships last month and the life of the Indians' party.

She successfully defended all three of her state titles, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 44.80 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches and the high jump with a 5-8, setting Class AA state-meet records in each. She also placed second in the 800 in 2:26.11 and, for the second straight year, was honored as the meet's high-point scorer, leading Berkeley Springs to a runner-up finish in the team standings.

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Mock is The Herald-Mail's 2007 Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

"She's a naturally gifted athlete who's willing to work hard," Indians coach Dave Mundey said. "There are a lot of specialists around the state who can do a couple events really well. But she brings that extra dimension, because you can throw her in several events and count on her to score points for you."

Mock, who stands only 5-foot-3, was the Tri-State leader in all three of her state-title events this season. Her season-best performance in the long jump, which she considers to be her strongest event, was 18-5. She also tied for the area lead in the 100 hurdles at 15.81 seconds, and her 5-8 in the high jump equaled the all-time Tri-State record.

"The thing about her is that she can do just about anything, except for maybe the shot put and discus," said Mundey, who's only allowed to use Mock in four events per meet.

"She definitely doesn't like to run the 800, but we thought that was the best spot to put her in at the state meet. The 100 hurdles was loaded with talent this year. She would have placed, no doubt, but we wanted to maximize her points."

Mock first joined the state-meet record book as freshman, when she ran a leg of the Indians' 3,200 relay (9:34.99). She also won the first of her three state titles in the high jump that year.

Mundey said several colleges have shown interest in Mock, including Louisville, West Virginia and Marshall.

With another year still left in high school, Mock has plenty of partying left to do.

"On the surface, it might not seem like she's taking it seriously," Mundey said. "But she turns it on. She's a real competitor."

Joining Mock on the 2007 All-Area First Team are:

Anyssa Barbour, Chambersburg: Sophomore was the Tri-State leader in the 100 (12.14), 200 (25.21) and 400 (58.84). She placed second in the 100 and fourth in the 200 at the PIAA Class AAA state championships.

Cayla Broadwater, Williamsport: Sophomore won the Maryland Class 1A state title in the high jump and was the Tri-State leader in the triple jump (34-10 1/4).

Rachel Buser, Berkeley Springs: Junior won West Virginia Class AA state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 and finished the season ranked second in the area in both events.

Brittany Carr, Jefferson: Sophomore won West Virginia Class AAA state gold in the 100 (12.54) and 800 relay (1:47.17) and silver in the 400 relay (area-leading 50.43).

Amanda Collier, Chambersburg: Senior cleared 10 feet, 6 inches at the PIAA Class AAA state meet to equal the Tri-State pole vault record set in 2000 by Williamsport's Sarah McDonald. She was the Mid-Penn runner-up in the event.

Lena Finucane, Mercersburg Academy: Sophomore was among the Tri-State leaders in the 800 (2:19.82) and 1,600 (5:20.04). She won titles in the 1,600 at the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and Pennsylvania Independent Schools championships.

Hayley Harnett, Boonsboro: Senior won Maryland Class 1A state titles in the long jump (17-7 1/2) and 800 (2:19.57), setting a Washington County record in the latter.

Erin Kittel, Smithsburg: Junior won the Maryland Class 1A West title in the discus with an area-leading throw of 104-5. She placed third at states in the event.

Sarah Morrison, Chambersburg: Senior led the Tri-State in the 800 (2:18.86) and 1,600 (4:56.18). She was the PIAA Class AAA state runner-up in the 1,600.

Alaina Pletcher, Musselman: Junior ranked second in the area in the 200 (25.91) and fourth in both the 100 (12.82) and 400 (1:00.18). She brought home West Virginia Class AAA state bronze in the 200.

Rebecca Rider, Greencastle-Antrim: Sophomore tied for the area lead in the 100 hurdles (15.81), tied for second in the high jump (5-2) and ran a leg of the leading 1,600 relay (4:08.79).

Katie Ritter, North Hagerstown: Freshman won Maryland Class 2A West titles in the 100 and 200. She captured state bronze in the 100 and ran a leg of the Hubs' area-leading 800 relay (1:46.83) and Washington County-record-setting 400 relay (50.74).

Haley Thomas, Chambersburg: Sophomore led the Tri-State in the 3,200 (11:17.09) and was among the area leaders in the 800 (2:25.74) and 1,600 (5:19.9).

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