Mecke earns first-team Academic All-District VI accolades
|Senior Dana Mecke earned first-team Academic All-District VI honors for the third year in a row on Thursday.
This marks the third consecutive year the Smithson Valley High School product has been named to the top team and she now will appear on the All-America ballot, which will be voted upon by a select national panel next week.
Mecke carries a 3.88 grade-point average in mechanical engineering and was one of 10 student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas chosen to the first team. She also is one of three females from the Southland Conference selected to the squad (Stephen F. Austin's Stephanie Ganter & Texas State's Heather Bullin were the other two).
Mecke recently wrapped up her redshirt junior outdoor campaign by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters last week in Austin. She posted her third consecutive personal record in the half-mile with a 17th-place time of 2:07.44 that moved her into the No. 2 position on UTSA’s all-time performers list.
The Bulverde native was tabbed the Southland Outdoor Athlete of the Year after sweeping the 800m and 1,500m at last month's conference meet in Arlington.
Mecke raced to a 4:30.57 clocking to take top honors in the metric mile and stopped the clock in 2:08.36 to win the 800m less than an hour later. It marked her second middle distance sweep of the year, as she won the 800m and mile for the second consecutive season at the Southland Indoor in February, becoming the first league athlete to win those two events in back-to-back years. She also joined Therese Ahlepil of UT Arlington (1997) as the only Southland runner to win both middle distance races at both conference meets in the same season.
She was named Southland Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season in March and also was chosen as the Southland Cross Country Athlete and Student-Athlete of the Year in 2008 after capturing the league’s individual crown. The nine-time Southland Champion (one cross country/six indoor/two outdoor) also has earned the school’s Academic-Athlete of the Year award two times and was UTSA’s female representative as the 2008-09 and '09-10 Southland Scholar-Athlete of the Year.