SEATTLE | Brie Oakley saved her best race for last.
The recently graduated Grandview senior track star competed one last time at the prep level before she enters the college ranks and put on a memorable show Saturday at the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational.
Running at sea level, the two-time Colorado Class 5A state champion in the two-mile crossed the finish line in 9 minutes, 51.35 seconds, a time that represents the fastest girls outdoor prep two-mile time according to Milesplit.com.
It is the second-fastest of any kind, as Mary Cain recorded a 9:38.68 indoors at the New Balance Indoor Games on Feb. 2, 2013.
In addition, Oakley smashed the Brooks PR meet record of 9:53.54 set by Bethan Knights in 2014. Knights is a current member of the track team at Cal-Berkeley, a program Oakley will join in the fall.
As a bonus to her victory, Oakley won a head-to-head rematch with Claudia Lane of Malibu, California, who dealt Oakley a very late defeat at the Arcadia Invitational. The two jockeyed for much of the race, but Lane saw Oakley widen the gap between them on the final curve and posted a runner-up finish in 10:01.18, nearly 10 full seconds behind Oakley.
Oakley’s chief Colorado rival, Fort Collins grad Lauren Gregory, finished fourth in the race in 10:05.26.
Just a few weeks after she won the 3,200 meters and helped her Grandview team win the 5A state championship, Oakley competed in the adidas Dream Mile event in Somerville, Mass., where she finished second in a tight race.
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