Mya King’s 2018 track season ended with a couple of high-profile mistakes. This season was darn near perfect.
The Sparrows Point senior, The Eagle’s Spring Female Athlete of the Season, dominated the 100 and 300 hurdles and also had good efforts in the long and triple jumps.
King lost just one hurdles race this season: the 100 hurdles at the Gator Invitational to the eventual Class 3A state champion, Reservoir’s Adaobi Tabugbu (who, to be fair, had the home track advantage).
Mya started out the season by winning four events at the Baltimore County Class 1A/2A division meet: the 100 and 300 hurdles, and the long and triple jumps.
Her time/performance in each event bettered the winners at the Class 3A/4A divisional meet.
At the aforementioned Gator Invitational (The Reservoir High Gators, not the Perry Hall variety), King may have finished second to Tabugbu in the 100 hurdles, 14.15 to 14.3, but she beat Tabugbu to win the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.8.
She won four events at the Eastside Last Chance meet, sweeping both hurdles races and the long and triple jumps.
At the Baltimore County championships, King won a thrilling duel with Patapsco rival Erin Palmer in the 100 hurdles. Out-leaning Palmer at the finish lie, King was clocked at 14.42 to Palmer’s 14.43.
King also won the county 300 hurdles, won the long jump and finished second in the triple jump.
She followed that up with three wins and a second-place finish at the Class 1A North Regional championships, helping Sparrows Point win the team title with wins in the two hurdles races and the triple jump, and taking second in the long jump.
That set the stage for the Class 1A state championship meet.
King broke the Class 1A state record for the 100 hurdles in the preliminaries, then broke her new record when she took the gold medal in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.3.
She earned another gold medal in the 300 hurdles, with a Class 1A state record time of 43.13 which was also the fifth-fastest time ever run at the state track championships.
King chose to focus on the hurdle events at the state championships. The triple jump finals were being held around the same time as the 100 hurdles preliminaries.
Despite taking just three of her allotted six jumps, King still took the bronze medal in the triple jump with a distance of 35-10.
Her best distance in the triple jump which she had done the week before at the regional championships, is 36-2.
The long jump finals were around the same time as the 300 hurdles finals. After taking two jumps, King decided to concentrate on the upcoming 300 hurdles race.
Her jump of 14-9.5 did not place. Her best jump of the season had been a 17-2 at the Eastside Last Chance meet, which would have taken the bronze medal at the state championships.
Also consider for Athlete of the Season was King’s Sparrows Point teammate Macy Gerbes.
The sophomore missed the first half of the season with an injury. But she won region championships in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, then won the Class 1A state title in the 3,200 meters.
Gerbes also took the silver medal in the 1,600 meters, and finished sixth in the state in the 800 meters.