CAMDEN, N.Y. - Camden High School senior Mackenzie Mix was a three-sport athlete for the Blue Devils. Now, she'll be a two-sport athlete at the collegiate level.
After a historic high school career, Mix signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue her academic and athletic journey at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in Pennsylvania. She will be competing on the Warriors' field hockey and track & field teams.
Having considered Lock Haven University and Brockport College for field hockey, and University at Albany, U.S. Naval Academy and Millersville University for track & field, Mix said ESU checked all the boxes.
"I felt really wanted by the coaches which was really important for me," she said. "When I went on campus it just felt right and I just felt really welcome."
Mix also said that ESU gave her a unique chance others didn't.
"I'm given the opportunity to do both field hockey and track, which was kind of hard to decide which one I wanted to choose from to go to college. So that's nice that I'm able to do that."
For five years, Mackenzie shined on the field for the Blue Devils. Playing on the varsity field hockey team since 8th grade, she finishes her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 89 goals and 41 assists for 219 points, all of which are records.
These broke the previous records set by Erica Coggins in 1995.
"That was a 25-year record and I broke that so it's definitely crazy to think about," Mix said of the accomplishment. "But it's pretty cool to have my name up there representing that title and the Camden field hockey program."
Mix also helped the team win three straight Section III titles and three Tri-Valley League championships from 2017-19, being named to the all-state team her sophomore and junior years, as well as being a two-time Section III all-star, two-time All-TVL first team selection, and a All-Mohawk Valley Field Hockey Athlete of the Year.
Following a serious knee injury her junior year that threatened to end her season, Mix came back with a vengeance, earning herself All-Mohawk Valley Comeback Player of the Year.
"It meant a lot that I was able to come back," said Mix. "It made me a more appreciative player because once I go out, I like to play like it's my last game ever because its not promised."
Mix had highly successful indoor and outdoor track & field careers too.
Throughout her career she earned individual Section III titles in the outdoor 100m, 200m (twice), and 400m race champion. For indoor, she was a Tri-Valley League champion for the 300m race.
Mix is also two-time NYSPHSAA Outdoor Championships qualifier, placing fourth in the state for the 2x200m event her freshman year.
She holds school records for finishes in the 100m, 200m, 400m and team relay events.
Though field hockey and track are her main sports, Mix also earned a varsity letter in basketball while at Camden.
She said that her playing style for field hockey will fit in nicely with the Warriors because she enjoys playing fast-paced, which is the type of system in place under head coach Sandy Miller.
As she finishes her senior year, she is looking forward to enjoying her final moments at Camden High School and said its a relief to have her next chapter settled on the horizon.
"It's more relaxing because now I don't have to worry about it, she said. "I know where I'm going and I have a dead set plan, so it's really exciting to know what I'm looking forward to now and prepping to go to college there."