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Lake Oswego distance star Kate Peters chooses Oregon Ducks

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be coached by Jerry (Schumacher) and Shalane (Flanagan).”

By René Ferrán | Photo by Taylor Balkom 

Lake Oswego distance standout Kate Peters announced Friday on Instagram that she has decommitted from Oklahoma State and will instead sign with the University of Oregon this fall. 

Peters committed to Oklahoma State last season but reiterated Monday that the opportunity to work with Shalane Flanagan, an 18-time U.S. champion and Olympic silver medalist who recently joined the Ducks staff (her husband, Steve Edwards, is Peters’ current coach), and new Ducks coach Jerry Schumacher was the deciding factor in her switch.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be coached by Jerry and Shalane, and now that they are at UO and the opportunity is available, I had to go for it,” Peters said. “It was tough telling Dave (Smith) at Oklahoma State that I was going to go to UO, but he understood because he is good friends with both Jerry and Shalane.” 

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Peters won the OSAA Class 6A state cross country championship and earned Eastbay All-American honors last fall. In the spring, she won OSAA state and U.S. Under-20 national titles in the 3,000 meters, qualifying for the World U-20 championships, which took place this month in Cali, Colombia.