Already considered the state’s top girls distance runner of all time before her junior year is complete, Camas High’s Alexa Efraimson turned her focus to etching her name into the national record books.
Her winning time of 4 minutes, 33.29 seconds during Thursday’s Class 4A girls 1,600-meter run surpassed the previous national record of 4:33.82 set by Christine Babcock of Woodbridge High in Irvine, California, in 2008 (she later ran for the University of Washington). She won her race by 16 seconds over runner-up Rose Christen of Central Kitsap (4:49.43) to repeat as state champion and best her own WIAA all-classification state meet record set in 2013 (4:39.25).
Efraimson said the electric atmosphere of Mount Tahoma Stadium and the energized crowd witnessing history at Thursday’s opening day of the Star Track XXXII helped her.
“To be able to do that here is really encouraging,” she said. “It helps me so much with all the competitors and fans cheering me. It motivates me during the race.”
As the two-time 1,600-meter champ, Efraimson will try to defend her 800 title Friday.
In a star-studded 4A boys 1,600, Eisenhower’s Drew Schreiber, bound for the University of Washington in the
fall, won in 4:07.32, but it was an eventful race for runner-up Jack Yearian, who ran a nearly 4-second personal best of 4:08.50.
“I can’t be too upset, it is a (personal record) and a good performance,” Yearian said. “I’ll use it as motivation, for sure.”
In one of the big surprises of the day, Tahoma’s Danielle Agoh continued her upward trend in the triple jump, winning the event with a personal best of 37 feet, 101/4 inches. It marked the third time she’s surpassed 37 feet in her career.
Federal Way’s girls 4x100 relay team won its prelims in 1:40.06, a fraction off the WIAA state meet record of 1:39.49, set by Garfield in 1982.
Yearian, the second-place finisher in the 4A boys 1,600, set the all-time sophomore record with his 4:08.50.
The old mark (4:09.29) was set by Seattle Prep’s Joe Hardy in 2012.
Day 2 starts with the 2A girls pole vault at 9 a.m. Friday. The first running event is the 2A boys 100-meter prelims at 11 a.m.Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report. Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com @megwochnick