The pentathlon. Five events. Five chances for Mckenna Maycock to shine. And the Randolph High School sophomore does.
Maycock has a legitimate shot at a state title in track and field next month. She holds eight individual school records, is the defending Section VI champion in the pentathlon, and the scary part is she considers track and field her “worst” sport.
“I hate it, but I love it,” said Maycock, who will be among the participants at this weekend’s Section VI Championships at Pioneer, “and it helps with other sports. It has definitely grown on me.”
One sport she doesn’t have to warm up to is basketball. She’s been a starter for the Cardinals’ varsity since seventh grade, and it looks like the sport she’ll play all through college.
Maycock’s father, Mike, had been riding his daughter about when was she was going to send out her letters of interest to college basketball coaches. The answer is she won’t be.
Not when the Division I school she grew up in the shadow of comes calling. Maycock will never know the stress of the recruiting process or how difficult the final decision can be. Forget filling out applications, answering emails or the hours of researching schools on the Internet.
This 15-year-old already knows she’s going to St. Bonaventure on scholarship. Mckenna and her father made a recent visit to the Olean campus with the understanding between the parties it was more of a tour, a chance to get a feel for the landscape.
During her stay the Bona coaches showed the father and daughter film of their run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011-2012, explained how they run their offense and how Maycock would fit in. The whole experience seemed to reinforce how much Bona wanted Maycock and how much Maycock wanted to go to Bona.
They made an offer on the spot.
“We’re sitting there in shock, this means Mom and Dad won’t have to pay anything,” said Mike. “We’re not really sure what happened. She’s a kid, we couldn’t believe it.” NCAA rules prohibit anyone from Bona on commenting on incoming players or their campus visits until they’ve received their National Letter of Intent.
The Maycocks live a mere 40 miles from Bona. She had been going to the Bona women’s basketball summer camp since seventh grade. Maycock said Bona was a quick sell in her eyes because the coaches were so nice, it’s a small campus, it is Division I and it’s close to home. Helping her make the transition will be the fact she played on an AAU team with current Bona player Katie Healy of Lancaster.
Maycock is a 5-foot-9 lefthander who can play all five positions. She’s quick, smart, hustles and can score. Boy, can she score. If the ball bounces right for her the next two seasons, Maycock could add enough to her career point total of 1,669 to become the all-time leading scorer in Western New York.
She may make her living against Class C competition, but she would start for any of the area’s bigger schools. Last winter she carried Randolph to its third straight Section VI Class C title. She had 26 points and 12 rebounds in a season-ending loss to Rochester’s Bishop Kearney in the Far West Regionals. She was named second team All-WNY and second-team All-State after averaging 27.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
If basketball is Maycock’s first love, volleyball is a close second. She was a starter in eighth grade on the team that won the state Class C title. Like basketball, she can play a number of positions. Last fall she was named the Player of the Year in her league.
She shared her passion for volleyball with her older sister, Marah, who was a freshman starter last season at Edinboro (Pa.) University.
While there’s a lot of look to in the future. Maycock’s current focus is bringing a state track title back to Randolph. She finished fifth in the state last year in the pentathlon with 2,926 points.
She’s currently ranked No. 1 in Western New York in the pentathlon with 2,802 points. She’s also tops in the 400 hurdles in 1:04.20 and fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.82.
Maycock has a reputation in Southern Tier circles as game-changer whether it’s hoops, volleyball or track. That’s good news for Randolph now and for St. Bonaventure in the future.