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Walkersville High School junior Megan Mounts has put herself in rarified company over the first years of her high school tenure with her school’s track and field team.

Monday afternoon at the 2013 state Class 2A/1A indoor track and field championships in Landover, Mounts, again, showed why she is one of the best throwers in the state.

For the third time in three tries, Mounts captured the 2A girls’ shot put title with a heave of 39 feet, 4 inches, which bested Harford Tech senior Brittney Chavis’ 38-11 effort.

“In the last month, especially, I’ve just been going for it. It’s all about going for it,” Mounts said.

Mounts nailed the 39-4 throw on her third attempt and released an audible clap that could be heard despite the loud droning of crowd noise at the Prince Geoge’s Sports and learning Complex.

By the completion of her final throw, already knowing she had victory in her hands, she proceeded to immediately embrace best friend, fellow Walkersville thrower and senior Morgan Biggus for what seemed like 10 seconds.

Having won the indoor state shot put title two times prior, Mounts entered Monday as the favorite to win again.

But what really kicked Mounts’ determination into high gear occurred nearly a month and a half earlier when she achieved a personal best throw of 40-1.75 which helped her capture the Frederick County championship.

“I’ve always been like in, I wanted to win a state championship when I was a freshman or sophomore, but throwing over 40 [feet] for the first time, I was like wow, I could do anything,” Mounts said. “I’ve never thought of myself of being amongst the best, especially when I see throwers in other classifications. But when I threw over 40 it made me feel like ‘wow, I’m now in another class of thrower.’”

Perhaps even more impressive, is that often during the week in training, Mounts would train independently as Walkersville has a first-year shot put coach Ashley Benitez, who is learning the craft herself and often consults with and learns from Mounts.

When she does have the opportunity to work with a skilled coach, coach Nick Agoris, who has taught shot put to high school students for a number of years, Mounts is able to retain all of her lessons and rehash them during the school week.

Benitez admires Mounts ability to work independently.

“When I first got a hold of Megan in this my first year around the shot put in forever, I noticed that she has great form,” Benitez said. “She’s a really hard worker and a great kid.”

Mounts sat beside Biggus throughout the competition, although Biggus did not compete. Benitez said the two have a close relationship and Biggus’ presence alone helps Mounts to relax and not feel much pressure.

“My first year was last year, and she just took to me and helped learn how to throw and what to do and what form to use,” Biggus said of Mounts. “She’s a really good friend for that. We’re very supportive of each other. When this year began, I told her that I wanted for her to throw 40 [feet] and if she did that I would buy her dinner.”

Ironically, for all of the hardware she has collected during the indoor seasons, an outdoor state title in the shot put has eluded Mounts.

Mounts will enter the outdoor campaign with more determination than ever.

“I have to just know I can do it. Once I got 40 [feet], I got the confidence that I can do that, it’s just a matter of me going out there and believing in myself,” Mounts said.