Mya Hartjes ’23 Breaks Four School Records in One Year

When Mya Hartjes ’23 finished the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:10.43 at the varsity track and field meet on April 29, she earned more than an impressive first-place finish. She set University School of Milwaukee’s varsity record for the distance, making it the third school record—out of four total—that she set this academic year. She is one of the only USM athletes to achieve that feat. 

In fall, she set the school record of 18:48.65 at the 2021 Mukwonago Cross Country Invitational. In winter, she was the all-time leading scorer for the school’s girls’ basketball program—setting that record shortly after earning her 1,000th point, only the second girl in the history of the program to do so. 

In addition to her 1,600-meter record in April, Hartjes was part of the girls’ varsity track and field relay team that broke the school record for the 4x800 meter event on May 7, with a time of 10:04.64. Those team members are Bella Grenier ’25, Mya Hartjes ’23, Izze Keller ’25, and Annie Norman ’25.

“Mya is an incredible athlete,” said Director of Athletics Tim Williams. “To set three records in one year is an amazing achievement. Not only is she incredibly gifted from an athletic standpoint, she’s a leader in every sport she plays and is well-liked by her coaches and teammates alike. We couldn’t be more proud of Mya and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.”

“As a competitor, Mya wears the other athletes down over the course of a race, regardless of the distance,” said Joe Eason, varsity track and field coach and Upper School faculty member. “She can out sprint most other distance runners in the 800, maintain a hard pace in the first three laps of a 1600, and close with a faster final lap than the other runners. In the 3200 and the 5k, her ability to maintain position either in a lead pack or alone, and her discipline and patience through the ups and downs and shifting positions of a big field of runners, make her a threat in any race. There are a lot of ways to be a great distance runner; Mya’s strength comes from both her multi-sport experience, which makes enables her to be competitive and confident at different points of a race, and the tremendous aerobic fitness she has built through years of training.”

“I am so proud of Mya and her many successes this year,” said Morgan Woods ’08, varsity basketball coach and 3rd grade teacher at USM. “It was an honor to work with her during the basketball season, and we were so excited when she became the all-time leading scorer for the program.” 

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Mya Hartjes '23 runs in a cross country race
Mya Hartjes '23 shoots a free throw on the basketball court
Mya Hartjes '23 poses with her teammates after scoring her 1,000th point
Mya Hartjes runs onto the basketball court