Eugene — This will be a day that no one inside the Lake Oswego program will ever forget: The day that the Lakers won their first title in school history and their sophomore phenom became America’s fastest sprinter. Truly remarkable isn’t it? Entering the weekend, Lake Oswego was a co-favorite with Oregon City to win the 6A title, as no one else in 6A was to have the pieces and make a run at the TRL power duo.
When you talk about the 2022 Lake Oswego squad, you are talking about one of the best track teams that has ever competed in Oregon. This team is utterly insane on the track and it proved once again in the 6A State Championship meet down in Eugene. The Lakers kicked off the party with a comeback win in the 4×100 relay race, knocking off Oregon City behind the legs of Mia Brahe-Pedersen, who trailed by around a half-second on the final relay handoff but won by almost two seconds. Brahe-Pederson followed that up with back-to-back dubs in the 100 and 200 meters, along with a contributing fourth-place finish from Josie Donelson. Donelson would go on to win the 400 meters, while the long distance sisters Kate and Ana Peters collected five points from the 1500 meter race to go along with Kate’s victory on Friday in the 3000 meters. After already clinching the title, Lake Oswego put the icing on the cake with a win in the 4×400 relay race, finishing with 77 points.
As expected, Oregon City was Lake Oswego’s hardest opponent in Eugene and they did everything they could to keep it close. Harley Daniel swept the hurdles events and set a state meet record 42.25 second run in the 300 meters, Sophia Beckmon added 12 points from the 100 and 200 meters. Beckmon and Daniel finished 1st and 3rd in the long jump on Friday, and Grace Leasure picked up a third place finish in the triple jump to bring Oregon City’s final total to 62 points for the state championships, which was good enough to be state runner-up to the Lakers.
Mia Brahe-Pedersen set the state meet record in the 200 meters with a 23.25 run and became America’s fastest high school sprinter with a run of 11.09 seconds in the 100 meters. Jesuit’s Chloe Foerster set the state meet record in the 1500 meters with a run of 4:24.39. Finally, Deshanae Norman from Clackamas set a state meet record in the high jump with a 5’10.25″ performance. Here are the Top 5 results from the 6A State Championship:
- Lake Oswego: 77 points, First Title
- Oregon City: 62 points, 2nd Runner-Up
- Jesuit: 50 points
- South Eugene: 43 points
- West Linn: 42 points