Mya King: SPHS track and field
Mya King’s season didn’t end quite the way she pictured.
On the final day of the state track and field championships, the Sparrows Point junior hit the second-to-last hurdle and fell in the finals of the Class 1A 100-meter high hurdles.
Later in the meet, she hit the final hurdle and fell in the finals of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
In both races, King would have finished no worse than second in the state.
King had never before in her track career even hit a hurdle, let alone fall over one.
Still, King finished eighth in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the state in both the triple and long jumps, events she rarely practiced during the season, and is the Eagle’s female Spring Athlete of the Season.
Despite the misfortune at the state championships, King had a strong season.
She won the Baltimore County championship in the 100-hurdles and finished second in the county in the 300 hurdles. King also finished third in the county in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump to become one of the few athletes at the county championship meet to score in four events.
At the Class 1A North region championships, King won the 100 and 300 hurdles and took second in the long and triple jumps to amass 36 team points for Sparrows Point.
During the 12-team Eastside Last Chance meet, King won four events: the 100 and 300 hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump to help boost Sparrows Point to a second-place finish in the team standings.
King also had an impressive showing at the Peninsula tri-meet involving Sparrows Point, Dundalk and Patapsco. She won the 100 and 300 hurdles and the triple jump, and finished second to Patapsco’s Erin Palmer in the 200-meter dash.
She focused mainly on the hurdles this season and, as mentioned earlier, rarely practiced the two jumping event. That will change, in one respect.
“I’m going to keep doing the jumps,” King said. “If I actually practice them, I could do much better [in the state meet]. I might do some training over the summer.”
Towson University had already contacted King about playing field hockey. Now, she said, the university has also reached out to her concerning track and field.
Also considered for female Athlete of the season were Erin Palmer of Patapsco, who finished second to King in the county 100 hurdles and took third in the Class 3A state meet in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.54.
That time would have won the Class 2A and 1A titles, and placed second in the 4A hurdles.
Sparrows Point softball pitcher Jessica Miller and third baseman Megan Hamp helped lead the Pointers to their first Baltimore County championship and to their third regional title in five years.
Mya King won a county title in the 100 hurdles, and regional titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles.