Lake Oswego girls run away with Three Rivers district track crown
Now that's how you put an exclamation point on a track season.
Two days of fast times, great jumps and long throws, all graced by Oregon's gorgeous spring weather.
In the end, the Lake Oswego girls track team shone in the sun like no other, running to victory in the 2021 Three Rivers League district meet, held Wednesday, May 12, and Saturday, May 15, at Canby High School.
The Lakers finished the meet with 124.5 points to beat second-place West Linn by 20 points. The complete team scoring was: Lake Oswego 124.5, West Linn 104.5, Oregon City 101.5, Tigard 93.5, Tualatin 87, St Mary's Academy 75, Lakeridge 59, Canby 15.
Complete meet results are available here — https://bit.ly/3hvxQME.
"We haven't won a league title for the girls since 2008, (but) I knew we had a shot this year," said Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney. "Our coaches have been telling the girls that they could win if they put it together and they did. I'm so proud of our whole team."
On Lake Oswego's way to victory, no athlete played a larger role than Laker freshman sprinter Miha Brahe-Pedersen, who earlier this season broke state freshman records in the 100 and 200 meters multiple times.
She did not disappoint at district, either, racing to first place in the 100 with a winning time of 11.76 seconds — her second-fastest time ever — then duplicating that success while winning the 200 with a mark of 23.73.
"It feels really good," Brahe-Pedersen said after the 100. "I just wanted to have a clean start, make sure I got out nice and smooth, get up tall and then just kind of relax and finish the race strong. I felt nice and loose, no nagging injuries. I felt very good today."
She also teamed with Chloe Collier, Josie Donelson and Lauren DeGroot to win the 4 x 100 relay at 47.63, and with Donelson, Riley Ha and Julia Sieber to take second in the 4 x 400 at 3:57.11.
Other top-three finishers who helped pace the Lakers' win were: Donelson, second in the 400 at 57.74; Quinn Greene, second in the 100 high hurdles at 16.18 and second in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 47.42; Casey Moran, third in the discus at 112 feet, 6 inches; and Katelyn Howard, second in the pole vault at 11-0.
Second-place West Linn, meanwhile, stepped up to win two events — by junior Olivia Iverson in the 400 and freshman Kate Cheldelin in the 800 — as well as posting another 11 top-three finishes.
"It feels really good," Iverson said after winning the 400 with a PR of 57.58. "Coming down that last stretch, I was just like 'push it and just go as fast as possible' because that's all you can do. I'm glad (I did) it."
Cheldelin came through to top the 800 with a personal best time of 2:16.63. Other top-three Lions' finishers included: Iverson, third in the 200 at 24.68; Kaia Schmidt, third in the 800 at 2:22.70; Claudia Lane, third in the 100 high hurdles at 16.57 and third in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 48.08; the 4 x 100 relay team of Iverson, Cheldelin, Lane and Anika Sukumar, second at 49.17; the 4 x 400 relay team of Cheldelin, Lane, Sukumar and Iverson, third at 3:59.54; Duramfon Udoh, third in the shot put at 34-10.5; Kailey Dougherty, third in the javelin at 107-3; Raynah Cheng, third in the pole vault at 11-0; and Sukumar, third in the long jump at 17-6.75 and second in the triple jump at 37-8.5.
Oregon City saw its girls get two individual wins each from juniors Harley Daniel (in the two hurdles races) and Grace Leasure (in the high jump and triple jump), and additional "Ws" from sophomore Sophia Beckmon and its 4 x 400 relay.
"I was a little bit nervous, but I was excited to compete at district," said Daniel, after her win in the high hurdles at 14.23; she took the intermediates with a time of 44.09 and also finished second in the long jump at 17-8.5. "It's been amazing. I honestly didn't think we were going to have any of this so to have it is pretty awesome."
Leasure came through with a leap of 5-6 to take the high jump and also notched a 37-10.5 to take top honors in the triple jump. Beckmon did her part in the long jump, winning at 19-3, while also finishing second in both the 100 (12.17) and 200 (24.11).
"I feel pretty good, actually," Beckmon said after her 100. "That's the fastest time I've run this season. I wish I would have gotten into the 11s, but I think I'll get there pretty soon."
In the 4 x 400 relay, Samara Lugo, Leasure, Daniel and Beckmon ran to victory in 3:53.09.
Lakeridge's girls didn't post a top-three finish at district, but did get fourth-place efforts from: Ainsley Williams in the 3,000 at 11:03.31; Carolyn Mount in the 300 IH at 48.62; and Hannah Dorros in the high jump at 5-0.
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