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Record-Courier staff report
Southeast High School graduate Megan (Young) Grafton (Class of 1997) was recently inducted into the Malone University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Grafton was a two-sport standout for the Pioneers, participating in soccer and track and field (sprints and javelin).
On the soccer field, Grafton was a dominant scorer, leading the team with 20 goals during her freshman season -- a total that still ranks fourth-best in school history. In only the fourth college game of her she scored four goals, then duplicated the feat just six days later. She is one of only two players in program history to have scored four or more goals in a game twice.
As a sophomore, Grafton netted 13 more goals and had a team-high 29 points. She went on to score nine goals in each her junior and senior seasons, switching to defense during her final season.
Grafton ranks second all-time at Malone in career goals (51), is tied for fourth in assists (24) and is second for career total points (126).
During her four seasons, Malone posted a 52-29-5 overall record, including an 18-3-1 mark during her senior season. As a senior, Grafton helped lead Malone to an AMC championship and, as a junior, was a member of a Pioneers team that placed fifth at the NCCAA national tournament. In her final season, she was named First Team All AMC, First Team NAIA Region IX and NAIA All-America Honorable Mention. She was also a three-time NCCAA All-East Region recipient and a three-time NCCAA All-American (First Team; Second Team twice).
In track, Grafton was an NCCAA national champion in the javelin.
Grafton is currently a seventh-grade science teacher at Massillon Junior High School. She and her husband Michael reside in Canton.