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Lakers currently hold the state's best times for any class in five different races.

PMG PHOTOS: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego stars (from left) Mia Brahe-Pedersen, Quinn Greene and Kate Peters have helped the Lakers set five of the top times in Oregon for 2022.They're young.

They're fast.

They're deep.

And they want to win everything.

In this case, "they" are the members of the Lake Oswego girls track team.

Right now, the Lakers hold the fastest times in the state — for all classifications — in five events, while sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen and junior Kate Peters are both ranked in the top four nationally.

Most recently, Lake Oswego's best showed off their speed at the Oregon Relays, held Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

There, competing against more than 100 other high school teams, the Lakers stepped up to win four events, set two national bests and burnish their credentials as one of the teams to beat in the Three Rivers League and Oregon.

"It's an amazing setup and now we know what we're capable of," said senior Quinn Greene, a member of the Lakers' winning 4 x 100-meter relay team and the seventh-place finisher in the high hurdles. "There's always goals to strive for. … We're always striving for that extra bit of perfection, so I know this isn't it for us."

"Once you get to a certain level, you don't really expect (personal records) anymore," said sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen, winner of the 100 and 200 — both in what were then national-best times — and the anchor leg of LO's winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays. "The thought process was 'I'm here. I have this amazing opportunity, so I'm going to try to make the most of it.'"

The individuals

Nobody made more of their opportunities at the Relays than Brahe-Pedersen.

In the 100, she came from behind to beat Roosevelt's Lily Jones, catching Jones at 70 meters and pulling away to win by .10. Brahe-Pedersen finished her race with a PR of 11.34 seconds — at the time a national best and an improvement of .11 — while Jones took second at 11.44.

"If you saw the end of my race … my reaction was absolute shock," Brahe-Pedersen said. "I remember crossing the finish line, slowing down a little bit, then immediately jumping up in the air — complete excitement."

She came back later in the meet to win the 200 in a PR of 23.23 — at the time, another national best and an improvement of .39 — again beating Jones who finished second at 24.15.

"At the 70-meter mark, I caught Lily, which was unexpected — I wasn't expecting to catch her that early," she said. "But then I thought, 'I'm in it. I'm really in it.' And once I caught her, I knew I was going to have an amazing race."

The times

The Lake Oswego girls track and field team currently holds the state's best times in five events. Nationally, sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen is ranked in the top four for both the 100 and 200 meters, while junior Kate Peters is ranked third in the 3,000 meters.

• 100 meters — Sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen, 11.34 seconds

• 200 meters — Sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen, 23.23 seconds

• 3,000 meters — Junior Kate Petyers, 9 minutes, 32.91 seconds

• 4 x 100 relay — Senior Quinn Greene, sophomore Josie Donelson, senior Dakota Webb-Hawkins, sophomore Mia Brah-Pedersen, 46.58 seconds

• 4 x 400 relay — Senior Quinn Greene, sophomore Riley Ha, sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen, sophomore Josie Donelson, 46.58 seconds

Brahe-Pedersen wasn't the only one to find individual success at Hayward. Senior Dakota Webb-Hawkins — also part of the Lakers' winning 4 x 100 team — made her mark in the triple jump, placing fourth in the field of 35 jumpers with a personal best of 36 feet, 9 inches. Her PR improved her previous best by almost a foot.

"Being at Hayward was surreal for me, because I'd only seen (it) on TV," Webb-Hawkins said. "I loved triple jumping there; it's the Hayward magic."

Greene took advantage of her opportunity, too, using the great field and setting to race to seventh in the high hurdles with a PR of 15.92. In the process, she beat her preliminary time by .05 and her previous best mark by .29.

"It was a great day. It was that Hayward magic," Greene said. "I've been … trying to get under 16 (seconds) — that's been my goal forever — so hitting that in the prelims, I knew going into the finals that I just wanted to run the best I could and place higher than I was seeded to earn points for my team."

The Lakers also saw sophomore Josie Donelson come through for a big PR in her 200. Donelson, who also ran on the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, sped home to finish third at 24.88, an improvement of .14.

Other Laker individual placers were: senior Katelyn Howard, eighth in the pole vault at 11-0; senior Julia Sieber, 11th in the high jump at 4-11; freshman Ana Peters, 17th in the mile at 5:05.96; junior Casey Moran, 17th in the discus at 107-8.5; and senior Ashley Lewis, 25th in the discus at 91-7.25.

COURTESY PHOTO: ATHLETIC.NET - The Lake Oswego 4 x 100-meter relay team of (from left) Josie Donelson, Quinn Greene, Dakota Webb-Hawkins and Mia Brahe-Pedersen pose together after finishing first at the Oregon Relays.

The relays

In the 4 x 100 relay, the Lakers' Greene, Donelson, Webb-Hawkins and Brahe-Pedersen teamed up for victory, posting a 46.58 to edge the second-place team from Wilson (of Long Beach, California) by almost half a second.

The Lakers' time is currently the best in Oregon by more than 1 1/2 seconds.

"The race went perfect," Webb-Hawkins said. "I didn't think (setting Oregon's best time) was impossible, but I didn't know how within reach it was until I saw the time. It took a second for me to process, but once I did, I was ecstatic."

"I know that I did all that I could do, but I was so nervous that I turned around and didn't watch," Greene said about running the lead leg in the relay. "I had never run at Hayward before and everyone was just … saying 'Hayward magic. Hayward magic' the whole weekend so I was just trying to … run my race."

"When I got the baton … I saw that the girl was maybe 10 meters ahead of me and I thought 'I don't know if I can do this because she's super-fast,'" Brahe-Pedersen said. "But then it was, 'No. It's gone.' It was out of my head. Then it was just 'Win this race.'"

The Lakers' final victory came in the 4 x 200 relay, with Donelson, sophomore Riley Ha, freshman Morgan Hoover and Brahe-Pedersen going 1:43.89 to win by more than half a second.


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