Lake Oswego OR Junior Starts Year with 7.42/23.43 Double In Sprints At Spokane High School Invitational
By Keenan Gray of DyeStat
SPOKANE – Everything was going right for Mia Brahe-Pedersen during her historic sophomore season.
The Lake Oswego OR sprint star had a year to remember in 2022. She won two national titles in 200 meters, set records left and right for the state of Oregon and earned a spot on Team USA at the U20 World Championships.
Matching her efforts from last year would be challenging to repeat. But as a junior, she appears to be back on same trajectory after opening her indoor season over the weekend.
Brahe-Pedersen electrified the Spokane crowd with her speed at The Podium on Saturday and Sunday as she defended both of her individual titles in the girls 60- and 200-meter races at the Spokane High School Invitational Presented by Idaho Central Credit Union.
In the 60, she ran a US#4 time of 7.42 seconds, besting her previous personal best effort of 7.44 from last year’s meet. In the 200, she ran a U.S. leading time of 23.43, a slight improvement from her Nike Indoor Natoinals championship last March.
“Not as a fast as I wanted it to be, but I’m still working on my start and everything,” Brahe-Pedersen said. “Once I get competition, I think everything will come together.”
Brahe-Pedersen, along with Oregon City OR jump standout Sophia Beckmon, Mountainside’s OR Olivia Hicks and Tualatin’s OR Isabella Kneeshaw, led The Inner Circle Track Club OR to the 4×200 relay title in an invitational record time of 1:37.92, breaking their club’s previous best time by three seconds.
“They did an amazing job getting the baton around,” Brahe-Pedersen said. “Last year’s team, I thought we were strong, but going into this race, I told them we were going to be U.S. No. 1.”
Beckmon, runner-up at Nike Indoors National in the long jump, defended her long jump title with a US#1 mark of 20-3.50 (6.18m) to win the competition by over two feet. She also took second in the 200 in a time of 24.07.
Squalicum’s WA Andre Korbmacher, representing Ready-Set-Go Sprinters WA, took over the top spot in the rankings for the boys 60-meter hurdles after clocking a time of 7.74 seconds to repeat as champion in the event.
“I came off a pretty slow, for me, time last month in the 60 hurdles,” Korbmacher said, who ran 8.09 at the Spokane Speed Games in December.
“Really being able to get how her and run a 7.74,…