Tacoma — Olympia High’s Sofia Kane didn’t quite know how to describe Alexa Efraimson’s burst to the finish of the 4A girls 1,600-meter run.
“That was crazy,” Kane said.
Efraimson, a sophomore from Camas, turned a close race entering the final lap into a race for second when she pulled away, finished strong and claimed the state title, set a WIAA meet record and ran the best time in the nation this year, 4 minutes, 39.25 seconds.
Efraimson beat her seed time by more than 10 seconds, erased an 8-year-old WIAA meet record set by Bellarmine Prep’s Brie Felnagle (4:42.28) and passed Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley (Calif.) for the top mark in the nation, according to athletic.net.
“I was actually hoping I could run a few seconds faster, but I was happy with how I performed,” Efraimson said. “Coming in, I knew I had to really focus mentally on this.”
Kane finished in under five minutes for the
first time this year for a fifth place finish at 4:57.41 – right behind fourth-place Rose Christen of Central Kitsap.
Efraimson’s mark was the lone state record broken on the first day of the WIAA state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier, who holds six school records, earned the top time in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.79.
The Thunderbirds’ David Durden qualified for the 110 boys hurdles with the fourth-best time of the 2A heats at 14.46.
Durden finished behind White River’s Devin Liebel, who ran the top time of 14.07 and entered the meet with the top mark in the state at 13.98.
Tumwater’s Lane Russell finished just behind West Valley-Spokane’s Terrynce Duke for a second-place finish in the long jump. His mark of 22 feet, 0.25 inches was just shy of the 22-1 Duke set for the title.TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 firstname.lastname@example.org @Cotterill44