Mya King: SPHS track and field

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Mya King won a county ti­tle in the 100 hur­dles, and re­gional ti­tles in the 100 and 300 hur­dles.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Mya King

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