LOHS track and field season starts off strong

AnneMarie Vlaic, Sports Editor

Track season has started off strong, and many amazing achievements have been projected as the boys and girls track team move into midseason. With their battle against the lake against Lakerige coming up on May 2, highlighting some of their awesome accomplishments that have already begun to accumulate is in order. 

Junior Mia Brahe-Pedersen, a seven time All American and three time national champion who is considered one of the nation’s fastest runners broke Orgeon’s state record in the 100 meter earlier this month, one of which she already owned, with a time of 11.17 seconds. Recently, Brahe-Pedersen made another extraordinary race, breaking her own record in the same race and also the US High School record, dropping from a 11.35 in the morning to a 10.48 to become the fastest in the nation at the Oregon Relays presented by AthleticNET. Another wonderful highlight is the major win from the women’s varsity A team in the 4x200m relay, consisting of junior Riley Ha, junior Josie Donelson, sophomore Marina Turpen and Brahe-Pedersen making an extravagant save towards the end and with the team placing first and breaking the state record.

Another extraordinary story comes from Ana Peterson, a sophomore making her own expectations and efforts to build her reputation and name. Having competed at the 2023 Nike Indoor Nationals earlier this season and placing 19th in the 1500 meter run and 20th in the mile, her season has started off strong. The girls track team recently competed at the Lake Oswego Vs. St.Mary’s meet as well as the (more notably) Laker Classic Invitational. Some awesome wins and PR’s were presented: the 200 and 400 meter win by sophomore Marina Turpen with two PR’s of 27.07 and 1:00.44. Freshman Taylor Sheldon and sophomore Joelle Thompson also both went 1-2 in the Women’s Varsity 800 meter run, Joelle going a PR of 2:39.43 and Sheldon with the winning time of 2:36.08. Junior Sydney Lim won the 1500 meter run with a 4:58.36, winning by a solid 17 seconds from the rest of her heat. The girls have started off their seasons with tons of PRs, strong races, and high spirits.

On the boy’s side, they’re starting to warm up to the season, starting with the annual Laker Classic Invitational. Junior Braeden Heath started us off with a win in the Mens Varsity 400 Meter run with a time of 55.66 seconds, with Senior Westley Eftekhar coming in close third with a PR of 55.93. Sophomore Rylan Eftekhar, Westley’s brother, took a close second in the Mens Varsity 1500 Meter run with a time of 4:31.44 as his own new PR. Freshman Jude Brandt took first in the Mens Varsity 300m Hurdle with a PR of 46.30. 

Senior Kellen Morrow also placed first in the Mens Varsity Shot Put with a new PR of 41’8. Mens Varsity Long Jump was an obvious win for LO, with the top three being Freshman Grant Smith for the win, sophomore Baron Kurland for second, and sophomore General Sutton for third. 

Lake Oswego Boys A and B relays also sweeped the floor in the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays, coming in clutch with two new wins by the A team and a second place by the B in the 4×100. The A team of the 4×100 consisted of junior Braden Heath, senior Ethan Park, senior Matthew Altman, sophomore Baron Kurland, and the B team consisted of senior Will Knudsen, sophomore Hudson Byrd, Westley Eftekhar and sophomore Noah Ha. The A team of the 4×200 consisted of senior Ethan Park, junior Braden Heath, freshman Grant Smith and sophomore Baron Kurland.