Hope McKenney, Mechanicsburg (Class of 2022)

Name: Hope McKenney

School: Mechanicsburg Area

Graduation Year: 2022

DOB: 7/04

Email: hopeemckenney@gmail.com

Milesplit profile: https://pa.milesplit.com/athletes/8255056/stats


5k XC – 18:37 – Lehigh University Paul Short Invitational – 10/5/19 (sophomore year)

3200m – 11:16 – PIAA District III AAA Championships – 5/17/19 (freshman year)

1600m – 5:24 – Dual meet against Milton Hershey – 4/16/19 (freshman year)

XC/TF Highlights:

XC – 5th place at the 2019 PIAA District III AAA Championships in 18:41, 16th place at the Paul Short Run in 18:37, 5th place at 2019 Mid-Penn Conference Championships in 19:10, 34th place at the 2019 PIAA AAA State Championships in 19:34. 2nd place team finish at PIAA District III AAA and 5th place team at the 2019 PIAA AAA State Championships.

T/F – 11th place 2019 PIAA District III AAA Championships 3200m in 11:16, 3rd place 2019 Mid-Penn Conference 3200m in 11:19, 10th place Hoya One One 3200m in 11:20, 1st place Pan Ram Invitational 3200m in 11:28, 4th place Jack Roddick 3200m in 11:31, New Balance Outdoor Nationals Qualifier in Freshman 2 mile.

Favorite XC/TF memory to date: My favorite memory is the 2019 cross country District Meet. My entire team ran close to our PRs on such a difficult course and my team earned a second place finish. This was the first time in school history our team qualified for States!

What do you enjoy most about the sport of XC and/or TF: Racing is my favorite part of XC/TF. I love the feeling of pushing my body to its limits. My favorite part of the race is with 100-200 meters to go where I transition into an all out sprint and see how hard I can close.

Academic Highlights: 

– Top 10 in my class of 296

– 1st Honor Roll every Marking Period

– Recommended for National Honor Society

– Currently taking AP Human Geography and Accelerated English

– Registered to take AP English next year

– 10th grade Math Student of the Month

– 9th grade Academic Award

– 2017 Upper Allen Women’s Club Award

– Student Council from 6th-9th grade

Favorite HS class to date and why: Math is my favorite subject because I like how there is always one definite answer. I apply math to my running by constantly calculating splits and what they mean for my races and workouts.

I am interested in the following college major(s): 

– Secondary Education

– Athletic Training

– Exercise Science

– Nutrition Science

Career aspirations: I want to coach cross country and track and teach math at either the high school or collegiate level.  

I am looking for the following in a future college: I want to go to a college with strong athletics and academics. I want to stay relatively near Mechanicsburg, but am open to looking at colleges farther away.

My ideal college coach would be:

– Encouraging

– Loves the sport/all in to running

– Dedicated

– Flexible

The most important factors I will consider when choosing a college:

– Positive team dynamic

– Supportive coaching staff

– Distance from my home

About Me: I am in much better shape than I was in cross country and cannot wait to race! I spent this past winter focusing on my form and building strength. I love to run and my entire family loves to run. I ran Girls on the Run in elementary school, cross country in middle school, and cross country/track in high school. My mom and I lead a triathlon club in the summer, which my brother participates in. We also help coach Track Club in the spring, which both of my siblings participate in. My sister runs for the middle school cross country team and my mom coaches the middle school cross country team. I have been blessed with parents who are involved in the sport through a combined 13 marathons, an Ironman, and coaching backgrounds.

Weekly Training Highlight(s):

Week of:

March 16-22: 45 miles. Workout highlight – 5 minutes at 5:38 pace, 4 minutes at 5:34 pace, 3 minutes at 5:31 pace, 1.5 minutes at 5:02 pace.

March 9-15: 45 miles. Workout highlight – 5×1000 meters in 17:42