The High School Sprint Phenom Who Beat Her Prom Date

Updated May 14, 2023 5:19 pm ET

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The fans packed into the high school track meet stands stared at the start line. The discus throwers paused. And the sprinter everyone was watching, a 17-year-old girl, burst from the starting blocks, strided neck-and-neck with her competitors, then surged across the finish line ahead of them all—including four boys.

The rare mixed-gender 100-meter race, at the Summit Invitational on May 6 in Bend., Ore., was built just for Mia Brahe-Pedersen. That’s because the junior at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School has had an increasingly hard time finding decent competition. 

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