Monitor Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Season: Mya Dube of Kearsarge

  • Kearsarge’s Mya Dube reacts after finishing second in the 3,200 at Coe-Brown on April 27. The Kearsarge junior didn’t finish second in many races this spring. She won the New England and Meet of Champions 1,600, and she finished first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team, to lead the Cougars to the D-III title. GEOFF FORESTER file photo/ Monitor staff

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  • Kearsarge junior Mya Dube (5) competes at the Division III Track & Field Championships at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium in Durham on May 25. Dube finished first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, anchored the winning 4x400 relay team and led the Cougars to their first girls’ track championship. She also finished first in the 1,600 at the New England Championships and at the Meet of Champions. SCOTT FITZGERALD file photo / Kearsarge Athletics

  • Kearsarge junior Mya Dube (5) competes at the Division III Track & Field Championships at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium in Durham on May 25. Dube finished first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, anchored the winning 4x400 relay team and led the Cougars to their first girls’ track championship. She also finished first in the 1,600 at the New England Championships and at the Meet of Champions. SCOTT FITZGERALD file photo / Kearsarge Athletics

  • Kearsarge junior Mya Dube (2) leads the field in the 1,600 at the New England Track & Field Championships on June 8 at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. Dube finished first to cap an in credible spring season. She also won the Meet of Champions 1,600 and she finished first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team at the Division III Championships, leading the Cougars to their first girls’ track title in school history. SCOTT FITZGERALD file photo / Kearsarge Athletics

Monitor staff
Published: 7/1/2019 9:35:55 PM

Mya Dube had already won four titles at the Division III Track and Field Championship, but the fifth title was the one that mattered to her the most.

The Kearsarge junior distance runner pulled off an incredible combination of events, defending her 1,600-meter title for the second time (5:07.78), winning the 800 (2:20.9), defending her 3,200 title (11:38.83) and anchoring the 4x400 relay to victory in the final event of the meet to deliver the Cougars their first girls’ track championship.

Dube’s winning didn’t stop there. She claimed the 1,600 meters at the Meet of Champions in a school-record time (4:53.59) against the best from all three divisions of NHIAA competition. And she wrapped up her 2019 campaign with a regional prize, winning the New England title in the 1,600 (4:55.03).

Winning isn’t new to Dube. She won the last two individual D-III cross country titles and was the D-II champ in the 1,500 meters in the 2018-19 indoor season. But chasing an elusive team title pushed her to challenge herself even more.

The Kearsarge girls’ track team finished sixth last year, just 16 points behind title-winning White Mountains, and finished third in cross country this past fall. When coach Ed Rehor and the rest of the Kearsarge staff told the Cougars that a team championship trophy was a realistic possibility, Dube and her teammates answered the call.

“We thought the girls had a chance this year,” Rehor said. “We asked Mya if she wanted to be out (of an event) and she said, ‘Nope.’ She wanted to go for it. Her attitude was, ‘If (the coaches) wanted (me) in it, (I) would be in it.’ She was very motivated to triple in her events to help the team win the state title. Then when it came to the 4x400 relay we could have subbed her, but she still wanted to run it and held off Gilford in the final leg.”

Ernie Brake, who coaches the distance runners and the Kearsarge cross country teams, helped Dube prepare for the ambitious combination of events. And she responded perfectly.

“She ran smart,” Brake said.

Portsmouth Christian’s Liza Corso pushed Dube harder than expected in the 1,600 and the 800, forcing Dube to win the 1,600 in 5:07.78, much quicker than the 5:30.65 she clocked in to win her title in 2018.

Although Corso was less than two seconds behind Dube in the 1,600 and less than a second behind her in the 800, Dube still lived up to her No. 1 seeds.

“We had been talking about (doing four events) for a while,” Dube said. “It was kind of a rush between the 800 and the 3,200, although it was worse between the 1,600 and the 800.”

Dube took advantage of a slightly longer break to win the 3,200 in a time 16 seconds slower than the one she used to win the same title in 2018. Still, she was comfortably ahead of the field (including runner-up teammate Lili Baer) and had conserved enough energy to anchor the 4x400 to victory, putting an exclamation point on the Cougars’ team championship.

In the end, Dube lived up to her No. 1 seed in all three individual events and her three wins accounted for 30 of Kearsarge’s 80 points.

A quiet and humble competitor, Dube continued to chase history the following week, narrowly beating out Bishop Guertin’s Caroline Fischer (the Division I champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200) to win the 1,600 at the Meet of Champions in school-record time and edged Fischer again a week later to win the New England title at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

“We knew she had a chance for our high school record, which was held by Cindy Sterns’s time of 5:04 set back in the ‘80s, but we didn’t expect her to better it by more than 10 seconds,” Rehor said.

“My goal going into New Englands was to get All-New England in the 1,600,” Dube said. “I didn’t lead the entire race and I didn’t really expect to lead at all, but in the end it all worked out.”

This past season marked a period of growth and newfound sense of confidence in Dube, who had always performed well on the D-III stage, but showed she is the cream of the crop on any level.

“I feel like this season I learned to kind of run my own race and not just trail behind the leaders until the last moment,” Dube said. “I think this ended up working out for me because I was able to take a lot of time off my (personal-record) throughout the season, even at some of the smaller meets. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming cross country season and I hope I will be able to keep improving, both as a team and my personal times.”




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