World’s Junior Track Championship
The World junior Track meet make have been held in Ukraine but it had a distinctly Northwest flavor with three regional athletes making their marks. Leading the way was Hannah Cunliffe of Federal Way earning fourth in the 200 Meter Dash. Hannah, who was prevented from running in the Washington State Meet last month made her own statement about the folly of keeping her out of the meet with her time 23.44. Hannah in a testament to her competitive nature set a Personal Best but was not fully satisfied, as she failed by so little to garner a medal. Of course young Miss Cunliffe is only a junior and will have another year to improve her placement, yet it should be noted that Ariana Washington of the American team placed third in 23.20.
The young lady’s 1500 featured two runners with Northwest ties, as Alexa Efraimson placed eighth and Anna Maxwell finished twelfth. Efraimson, a budding star on the national scene, was timed in 4:23.27. She runs for Camas High in Washington. Anna Maxwell is a junior, who runs for San Lorenzo Valley in California. Her coach, however, is Rob Collins who ran for Centennial and placed second in the State XC meet.
Had fate not played a hand there would have been a fourth athlete from the region competing but the United Kingdom failed to compete. Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak had been selected to represent her native country in the 2K Steeplechase but Britain failed to bring any representatives. This meet is further proof of what we have been saying all along, that the area is one of the leaders in the nation.