By Corbin Blumberg
Mia-Irene Gyau (‘16) is as dominant in her sport as any other female or male athlete in the school, and she is just a freshman.
Cross-country is the one of the hardest sports to dominate because there are so many runners in each group. In her last race, Gyau won an invitational at Landon by 41 seconds following a win at her home course at Bullis by 3 minutes and 25 seconds. All of this makes Gyau the Bulldog’s September athlete of the month…
When asked what motivates her during a hard practice Gyau eloquently said:
“During a hard practice or meet my motivation is the thought of finishing and how proud my parents would be if I win. Another thing that motivates me is the thought of my brother saying ‘Wow, Mia! Great Job!’”
Gyau has certainly made her brother say “WOW” this season. She finished first in four out of the teams’ five races this year. Her only other finish was for third place in a prestigious invitational at Woodberry Forest.
Gyau’s attitude is a constant practice after practice. The cross country team has many prominent voices, but Gyau is as quiet and humble as they come. She never complains, and comes to practice every day with a positive attitude.
“I love cross country because it is really fun and I get to be with great people.”
With five meets remaining, Gyau has set goals both for herself and for the team for the remainder of the season.
When asked about her goals for this season and her future at Bullis, Gyau said:
“My goals for this year are to break 19 minutes for a 5k run, win a lot of medals and plaques, and hopefully the girls varsity cross country team can win a meet. Throughout my career at Bullis, I will work very hard to try and get straight A’s and I hope to meet many new people and make many friends.”
In addition to her cross country prowess, Gyau plays club soccer - on a boys team. She attends practice every day after cross country and doesn't catch a breather until 8 pm in the evening. She is a starting defender who rarely comes off the field. She is a remarkable athlete because she has found immense success in two different sports in the same season while competing against boys.
Gyau’s humility and talent make her extremely likeable to both coaches and peers. She is an inspiration to the rest of the girls team and motivates runners all over the area.
Mia Gyau competes in a sport where age matters as the more experienced runners with more conditioning usually come out on top, but Gyau is completely bucking this trend. She is competing against girls four years older than her, and destroying them. The scary part? She will only get better.
Image courtesy of MoCoRunning.com