Washington State meet - Thursday
With cool temperatures and a fairly steady ran it was not the greatest day for fans but with the rain beingsoft for the most part the conditions proved all but ideal for the distance runners. No one too advantage ofthe situation as did Alexa Efraimson of Camas, who bolted away from the pack early and won in a surprising time of:4:39.25. Her time was a record as well as the leading time in the nation. Alexa has run well for some time and is a national-class runner, so a fast time was hardly a surprise but the ease with which she forced to concede by mid-race, which left her Camas rival by herself. Although the third lap slowed a bit Alexa had plenty left, as she stormed through the final lap. Fuller, who spent half of the race alone in second, still ran a fine 4:51 to protect second place. Chandler Olson of Woodinville, who will soon head to Yale, had a spirited battle with Rose Christian of Central Kitsap before coming on to challenge Fuller down the stretch. Olson, a State champion in her own right, finished with a fine 4:52, while Sofia kane of Olympiaearned fifth with 4:57.
While Efraimson's 4A title was obviously the mark of the day the girls' 3A was another fans will long remember. The race would mark the final time that stalwart runners Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak & Katie Knight of north Central would face each other as rivals. The friends, who will join forces next fall for the University of Washington, have long been nationally ranked rivals but on this day they were joined by Megan Beuachene of Kamiakin. Beauchene's star has been ascendant for some time and on Thursday sheproved she belongs in conversations about our national leaders by joing the frey from the start. The three runners quickly pulled ahead from the gun and made it a three-way duel for divisiional supremacy. Neale handled the bulk of the pace-making but she always had close company. Beauchene confided afterwards that she had been worried about "hanging-on" at points but it certainly did not show in her running. Neale prevailed as the trio headed down the stretch to win a divison record of 4:44.88 but Beauchene sped down the final straight to overhaul Knight to claim second in a strong 4:45.34. Knight placedd third in 4:45.84, which was also under Neale's old state record of 4:46.56 set in 2011. Katie Bianchini, also from Glacier Peak, came home fourth in 4:55 to nip Nicole Goecke of Prairie, who was also credited with 4:55 & change. Lily Engelbrekt of Bishop Blanchet seemingly deserved better than sixth with her fine clocking of 4:57. That 3A division continues to be amazingly strong.
The race for the guys' 4A saw a tightly packed bunch remain close for a good deal of time, which resulted in a fair amount of pushing and shoving with more than one runner struggling to reamin on his feet. Gig harbor underclassmen Tristan Peloquin, a sophomore, and Logan Carroll, a junior, led the way early as most everyone seemed content to follow in their wake. The racce seemed to be setting up perfectly for Andrew Gardner of Mead until Colby Gilbert of Skyview took off with about 500 hundred meters to go. Gardner had been boxed in at the time and had some trouble extricating himself but he broke free to score a clear victory with a time of 4;14.93. Jonathan Stevens of Redmond garnered second with 4:16 and Keegan Symmes of Skyline nipped Cameron Stanish of Garfield with both runners being credited with 4:17 and Tristan Peloquiun was a pleasant surprise with his fifth place effort of 4:18, which barely brought him home ahead of Mitch Stewart of Federal Way and Wolfgang Beck of Gig shared the mark. Running 4:19 were Jamie Coughlin of Garfield & Colby Gilbert.
John Dressel, a sophomore from Mt. Spokane led the field for a spell of the 3A race despite his focuson Saturday's 3200 Meters but it was Keith Williams of North Central, who crossed the line first. His 4:14.60 was just a bit ahead of the 4:14.92 of Max Leach of nathan Hale who took second. Carter Osborne of Shorecrest ran a fine 4:15 to take third and Patrick mcDermott of Ingraham followed in fourth with 4:16. Fifth went to Andrew Foerder, also from NH, in 4:18 with Dressel barely behind & with 4:18 as well.
The State 2A Cross Country champion patrick Gibson of Squalicum made sure he would stay out of trouble by handling the lead duties but he was forced to deal with a very strong late challenge by Conner Johnsen of Sehome. There was apparently nothing seperating them, when the crossed the finish line together in 4:11.85
yet Gibson, who noted he was pleasantly exhausted afterwards, is the 2013 State Champion after a great finish. Daniel Amann of Deer park ran a fine 4:12, which was the third fastest time of the day, to earn third. Nehemiah Barrett of Franklin Pierce (4;16) & Joe Charboneau of Bellingham (4:17) placed 4th & 5th respectively, while Dallas Snider of W F West edged his team mate Danny Robertson for sixth with both clocking 4:18. Mohamud Abdi of Lindbergh was 8th in 4;21 as Scott Kopczynski & Sean Eustis rounded outthe top ten.
Emily Pittis of Sehome scored in the girls' 2A 1600 meter race with her time of 5:04. With Squalicum rival Brittany Gappa out with injury Pittis had the race pretty much under control and led the bulk of the way and she had a two second margin over Kim Rabenstein of Burlingto-Edison. Her teammate RaynJoy Norton placed third who out-leaning Sanne holland of Cheney who also ran 5:07. Brittany Aquino of East Valley got up for fifth ahead of annie Roberts of Kingston.
There was action in the Field with Cody O'Connell of Wenatchee winning the 4A Shot put with 59-09. Damon Unland of Joel Ferris took second with 57-08 and Carey Cambell of lake Stevens was third with 56-10. Megan Mooney of Nathan Hale threw 120-08 to annex the girls' 3A javelin title. Amanda Miller of kamiakin was not far behind in second with her toss of 118-08 and Mariah Horton of Kelso placed third with 115-07. Aiko Mizumori-Canfield of Shorecrest was barely back in forth with 115-01 and Natalie Reynolds of Kelso with 114-03.