McCraw, Fox Named Murrieta Mesa Athletes of Month

Track and field standout Thomas McCraw and swimming star Rachel Fox of Murrieta Mesa High School have been honored as the Murrieta 24/7 Ath...


Track and field standout Thomas McCraw and swimming star Rachel Fox of Murrieta Mesa High School have been honored as the Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Month, sponsored by SunPro Solar.

McCraw will compete in the shot put at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays this weekend. His best mark of the season is 47-5 and his goal is to reach 50 feet. He took fourth in a big invitational in West Covina with a mark of 45 feet earlier this season.

The senior said he enjoys the individual focus of the shot put and realizes the mental aspect is a big part of the sport.

"Knowing there's people around when everyone gets quiet ... you just try not to think too much," he said.

McCraw holds down a 3.6 GPA and was recently named Senior Student of the Month at his school. He was also a standout lineman for the Rams' football team and plans to continue in that sport at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Fox has been swimming competitively for five years and is excelling in her senior year of high school. She has personal bests of 1:08 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:01 in the 200 freestyle.

Like McCraw, she likes the individual nature of her sport.

"I played soccer and a lot of different team sports," she said. "I wasn't much into that. I don't like to depend on people for my success. My parents introduced me to swimming and I really liked it. If I do bad, it's my own fault. If I do good, it's because I did it."

Last year, Fox was the only swimmer from her school to advance to the CIF postseason. She was seeded 37th in the 200 free and finished 20th. She also did well in the 100 breaststroke.

Fox signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to the University of La Verne, where she plans to major in film.

Each athlete received a certificate from Murrieta 24/7 and two day passes to Rock Fitness gym, courtesy of SunPro Solar. Anyone wishing to order a print copy of this article and photo may do so by emailing murrieta247info@gmail.com.

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