The Lake Oswego girls track team threw down.
The Lakers, competing in the Three Rivers League district track and field meet at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium on Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, flexed their collective muscles, showed off their collective speed and ran away with the district title, scoring 306.5 points to beat talented West Linn and its runner-up total of 224.
The complete team scoring included: Lake Oswego 306.5, West Linn 224, Tualatin 216, Oregon City 194, Lakeridge 126, Tigard 118.5, St. Mary's Academy 88, Canby 46.
"It's been fun. I think we'll win this meet, so that's exciting," said Lake Oswego junior Kate Peters, who won both the 3,000 and 1,500 meters.
"Everyone on my team has been doing amazing," said Lake Oswego sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen, winner of both the 100 and 200, and also a member of the Lakers' winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. "I'm so proud of them. I couldn't be prouder of them."
The Lakers kicked things off in style, with senior Quinn Greene, sophomore Josie Donelson, senior Dakota Webb-Hawkins and Brahe-Pedersen taking the meet's first event — the 4 x 100 relay — at 47.55.
Brahe-Pedersen kept her foot on the accelerator all day, winning the 100 at 11.60 and coming back later to top the 200 with a 23.66. She currently holds the state's best times in both events. She then teamed with Greene, sophomore Riley Ha and Donelson to set the pace in the 4 x 400 at 3:56.80.
"I thought my start in the 100 was pretty good compared to my other races this season, which is a good feeling," Brahe-Pedersen said. "I think that once I get some competition in the last half of my race, it will really go together because I've been working on my starts a lot."
Likewise, her 200 was another solid effort.
"I felt like the 200 was pretty strong considering the weather and everything," Brahe-Pedersen said. "I thought it was pretty smooth, pretty strong. I probably could have got out a bit better, but overall, I'm pretty happy with my race."
Peters spread her success over two days, winning the 3,000 on Thursday with a time of 9:53.08 (with freshman sister Ana Peters second at 9:59.45), then coming back to top the 1,500 on Friday with a personal best of 4:28.25 (with Ana Peters third but qualifying for state with a PR of 4:32.93).
"It went really good. I was just trying to pace my sister, (and) I ran 9:53 and she ran 9:59 so mission accomplished," Kate Peters said of the 3,000 (where she holds the state's best time), adding that the 1,500 "was good. I was trying to use myself to blow up the girl from Tualatin and help my sister out … but she did pretty good. She had a really good race, but my sister still got the time qualifier so she'll go (to state) anyway."
The Lakers also got wins from Donelson (in the 400 at 56.44 — the state's best time) and junior Casey Moran in the discus with a throw of 110 feet, 6.5 inches.
On to state
• The top two finishers in every event, plus any other athletes/teams who hit state qualifying standards or earn wild card berths, will compete in the Class 6A state track and field meet at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene May 20-21.
West Linn's girls made their mark by winning three events at district. Junior Kaia Schmidt set the pace in the 800 with a personal-best winning time of 2:13.84. Junior Anika Sukumar did her part in the triple jump with a winning mark of 38-7.5. And freshman Hayden Williams-Downing came through in the javelin, finishing first at 118-3.
The Lions also got runner-up efforts from: senior Olivia Iverson in the 400 at 57.82; the 4 x 100 relay team of Williams-Downing, Schmidt, freshman Emersen Ruppe and Iverson at 4:05.31; senior Daramfon Udoh in the shot put at 37-10.5; junior Raynah Cheng in the pole vault at 10-9; and Sukumar in the long jump at 18-1.75.
Likewise, Oregon City won three events and notched a handful of other strong finishes on its home turf. Senior Harley Daniel led the way with wins in both hurdles races, taking top honors in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 14.39, then coming back to post a 42.98 while leading the way in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
"I felt pretty good. I was just focused on the race," Daniel said after the high hurdles — she holds the state's best time in both hurdles events. "From the beginning, I just wanted to get out really fast and finish strong. I always put pressure on myself to run faster, but it's difficult. It's a work in progress."
Junior Sophia Beckmon provided the Pioneers' other win, coming through in the long jump on Thursday to win at 19-10 — just an inch off her state's best mark. She also took second in both the 100 and 200, going 11.93 in the 100 and 24.17 in the 200.
"It was a good day. It was a little farther than I thought," she said of her winning long jump. "I was really focused every time I came to the board. I was a lot more focused than I usually am and I felt really good."
The Pioneers also got runner-up efforts from: freshman Grace Leasure in the high jump at 5-2; and the 4 x 100 team of sophomore Samara Lugo, Sophia Beckmon, senior Grace Leasure and Daniel at 48.26.
Lakeridge's girls saw their meet highlighted by a pair of third-place finishes, with senior Rachel Barba posting a PR of 59.79 in the 400 and junior Lola Mora-Moreno clearing a PR of 5-0 in the high jump.
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