Mia Brahe-Pedersen of Lake Oswego, Magdalene Williams of Summit, Hidden Valley’s Kaiah Fisher among early standouts of Oregon high school track and field season

The first 10 days of the Oregon high school track and field season have already resulted in several athletes cracking the all-time top 50 in their events.

The group includes freshman Mia Brahe-Pedersen of Lake Oswego, who moved into second place all-time among state leaders in the girls 100 meters and fourth in the 200 with her performance at a Three Rivers League meet in Canby on Wednesday.

Her winning time of 11.67 seconds in the 100 meters with a slight tailwind ranks second behind Margaret Johnson-Bailes’ 11.30 while a junior at Churchill in 1968. Johnson-Bailes won Olympic gold at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City in the 4×100 relay.

Brahe-Pedersen later ran a 24.09 to win the 200, trailing only Johnson-Bailes’s state-record 22.95 in 1968 (which set the American record at the time), Kellie Schueler’s 23.69 for Summit in 2009 and Kayla Smith’s 24.01 for Benson that same year.

That same day in Central Oregon, Summit junior Magdalene Williams ran 2:08.45 to win the 800 meters and move into third place on the all-time list. Only Leann Warren (2:03.02 for Crescent Valley in 1979) and Teri Wierson (2:05.3 for Sunset in 1978) have run faster over two laps.

In Southern Oregon, Hidden Valley senior Kaiah Fisher moved into fourth place among discus throwers with a throw of 159 feet, 5 inches, at a Skyline Conference meet against Phoenix. She sits behind Sherwood’s Shelby Moran (179-7 in 2018), Seaside’s Gretchen Hoekstre (162-3 in 2019) and Astoria’s Laura Bobek (162-1 in 2009) on the all-time list.

A day earlier in Coos Bay, Junction City senior Anika Thompson became the 36th girl in state history to break 9:55 in the 3,000, running 9:54.96 to win a Sky-Em meet at Marshfield.

Last week, Cascade junior Emma Gates moved into the top 10 on the high jump list by clearing 5-10 at an Oregon West dual meet against Sweet Home. She is in a tie for sixth on the all-time list, topped by Rachel Proteau’s 6-1 jump for West Albany in 2013.

Another top-10 mark was hit by St. Mary’s Academy senior Sydney McCann on April 14, when she went over 12-8 in the pole vault to become the fifth Oregon girl to clear that height. She is tied for third on the all-time list, which is led by Sarah Sasaki, who went 13-0 for North Clackamas Christian in 1999.

Other top-50 marks already hit this spring include:

  • Oregon City junior Harley Daniel in the girls 300 hurdles (44.26);
  • St. Mary’s Academy junior Jewyl Newton in the girls shot put (43-0½);
  • Glencoe senior Jayda Lee in the discus (147-0);
  • St. Mary’s Academy senior Isabelle Esler in the girls javelin (146-2);
  • Gladstone junior DeShanae Norman in the girls high jump (5-8);
  • Daniel (18-9¾) and sophomore teammate Sophia Beckmon (18-9) in the girls long jump;
  • Sherwood senior Noah Culbertson in the boys shot put (62-5);
  • Lake Oswego seniors Aaron Olson (15-9) and Harrison Canfield (15-6) in the boys pole vault.

Check out the complete all-time top-50 lists, compiled from Who’s Who in Oregon Track and Field archives. Email René Ferrán at rferran.scorebooklive@gmail.com with any additional information.

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