There are leaders, there are stars, there are superstars, then there are national stars. In Oregon, we have plenty of stars that can lead their programs in a bid for the blue trophy, but today we’re recognizing the young women who are among the best in the whole country at their events. Here are the national stars that are inside Oregon’s Track and Field talent pool:
Mia Brahe-Pedersen (Lake Oswego): This girl is a bullet that leaves flames behind her every step, it is insane to witness the speed that she has. She ranks third nationally in the 100 Meters at a blazing fast 11.34 seconds, a mark that she just set this weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene. She also sits third in the nation for the 200 meters, coming in at 23.23 seconds with another mark set at Hayward, both of which are records for a high school or college girl in the Oregon Relays. Keep watching this shining star, it’ll be exciting to see how far she goes as a star at Lake Oswego and afterwards in her college and potential professional careers.
Lily Jones (Roosevelt): A PIL product, this season has been Jones time to shine in a much larger way than she has before. Her personal-best 11.44 seconds in the 100 Meters is good enough for #6 in the nation, set at Hayward Field just like most of these next groups of athletes did. She committed this week to the U of O, and Saturday served as a glimpse of what Jones might achieve as a Duck in college.
Chloe Foerster (Jesuit): The Washington commit has had quite the career as a cross country and track star, being the face of Jesuit’s programs for her four-year career as a Crusader. This year, Foerster sits as the third-best 800 meter runner in the nation, along with the fourth-best in America for the 1500 meters event and third-best in the 1600 meters and mile events.
Maggie Williams (Summit): She captured nationwide attention last year for shattering a school record in the 800 meters while donning a mask, along with her finish line collapse becoming a low point in Oregon’s mask mandate for all athletes. However, the Central Oregon star has had a great senior campaign, posting a 2:08.51 in the 800 meters, good for 8th best in the nation. She’s been a staple of Summit’s cross country and track successes, a shining star that will leave a deep impact on the program after she graduates.
Kaiya Robertson (Franklin): A Boise State commit, Robertson is another dual star in the cross country and track arenas for the Franklin Lightning. Eight days ago, Robertson set the bar even higher with a 4:27.28 in the 1500 meters, putting herself as the 6th best in America for the event.
Kate Peters (Lake Oswego): Just like her fellow star Mia Brahe-Pedersen, Lake Oswego’s Kate Peters is the gift that keeps on giving for the Lakers. She smashed the state during cross country season and ranks as #3 in the 3000 meters and #6 for the 3200 meters. Only a junior, Peters will be a key component to the Lakers competing for 6A titles the next two years.
Emma Gates (Cascade): The multi-tooled star from Turner already has a scholarship to Arizona, and she is one of the best in America at the high jump. While she hasn’t hit her high yet this season, she was top five in America with a 5’11” mark last season, setting it in a dual meet against Stayton.
Hallee Hughes (Willamina): The three-sport athlete straight out of Willamina is incredible in the Javelin event, sitting ranked 5th nationally with a throw of 148 feet and one inch. Given her multi-sport status, it is very possible that she goes collegiately in a different sport, but her skills in this event certainly deserve recognition.
Jordan Koskondy (North Salem): It takes a lot of endurance, strength, and mental ability to tackle the Hepthalon, which is when you compete in the events of 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run. Afterwards, you are given a final score for your efforts in the event. For Koskondy, hers was a 4020, which is 4th best in the nation.
Elizabeth Grandle (Molalla): Another Hepthalon star, Grandle recorded a score of 3802 early in the season over in Bend. It has her currently placed #6 in America, a very notable achievement on the senior’s resume for her high school career.