Any time Alexa Efraimson of Camas runs there is always anticipation, that fans might witness something special. The Tahoma Stadium track offered the bonus of a state title in the 1600 Meter Run at the Girl’s 4A division. The stars were obviously aligned properly on Thursday, when the Camas Comet erased the national mark of Christine Babcock (4:33.82) and improved it to 4:33.29.
Efraimson took the lead early and pulled away quickly as only Alexis Fuller of Union made any attempt to stay with her. She rolled through the first 400 meters in 66 seconds and by that time already had a huge lead. The field incidentally had caught Fuller by that time but their race was already only for second place. Alexa ran the next lap 1:12 to give her a two-lap time of 2:18. She picked up the pace during the third lap, which she ran in 1:10 (3:28 split) and then began to fly. A last lap of 65 brought her home under the record and that is a bit misleading considering Efraimson was easing up during the final meters.
Her time was so swift that it gave her a sixteen second margin over Rose Christen of Central Kitsap, who ran an excellent 4:49. Lauren Perry of Richland followed in third with 4:43 and Mikayla Pivec of Lynnwood earned fourth in 4:56 – a time that was shared by Isabelle Olive of Garfield.
Brenna Peloquin of Gig Harbor also ran a version of the time, while Sofia Kane of Olympia garnered seventh with 4:57. We have noted for years the depth of talent in the state & it was certainly in evidence as Betsy Arlt of Eastmont was the eighth runner under the five minute barrier with her mark of 4:58. Alexis Daugherty of Skyline just missed that achievement by clocking 5:00. Alexis Fuller of Union, who finished second in the event last year, had an off day and placed only thirteenth in 5:04.
There was a solid array of talent in 3A as well but Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin was the best of that group. Megan ran a fine time of 4:48.42 to claim her first state title and improve upon last year’s second place finish.
It should be noted that her placement last year put her solidly between two of the state’s finest runners ever (Amy Eloise Neale & Katie Knight), so this year’s triumph is more than appropriate. Erin Ripple of Holy Names Academy took second with 4:50.90 and Andrea Masterson of Lakeside was third with 4:55. Fourth went to Jordan Oakes, also of HN, just missed joining the sub five club with 5:00.16.
The girls’ 2A race at that distance saw a close duel between Katia Matora of Lake Washington, Emily Pittis of Sehome and Brittany Aquino of East Valley. There was not a great difference at the end but Matora edged Pittis 5:00.18 to 5:00.76. Brittany Aquino of East Valley was a close third with 5”01.22 and Lauren Ericks of Tumwater was right behind in fourth with 5:02.21.
In the Girls 3A Javelin Throw Mariah Horton, a junior from Kelso secured the title with a throw of 133-02. Elisa Grandemange, of Kamiakin placed second with 131-10 and Katherine Taylor of Shorecrest came in third with 127-06. The 4A Triple Jump went to Danielle Agoh of Tahoma, who leaped 37-10.25. Brittni Williams of Auburn Riverside did not miss by much when she jumped 37-03.75 and Ta’mara Richey of Federal Way cleared 37-02.5 to take third. Kamiakin also secured ten points in the 3A High Jump thanks to Andrea Stapleton’s clearance of 5-08. Olivia Vincent of holy Names & Maddie Taylor of Auburn Mountainside tied for second with leaps of 5-02.