Camas’ Alexa Efraimson betters her national-best time in the 800 meters
Efraimson goes 2:03.26 wins meet in Renton
Special to The Seattle Times
RENTON — They flew in from all over the country.
Some of the fastest high-school athletes from around the nation converged on Renton Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the Brooks PR Invitational.
After three indoor winters at the Dempsey at the University of Washington, Brooks moved the event outdoors this spring for the first time.
The all-finals meet included runners from as far away as Florida and as close as the Puget Sound region.
The only winner from Washington among the 13 races was Alexa Efraimson of Camas.
The senior-to-be did as she does do in-state competition — she ran away from a field that included six of the top 16 800-meter runners in the country, including Raevyn Rogers from Kinkaid High School in Houston.
Rogers won the girls outdoor nationals in the 800 a week ago.
But Efraimson’s personal-best 2 minutes, 3.26 seconds lowered the fastest time by an American high-school girl this year from her previous best of 2:04.10.
Efraimson wasn’t the only Washington athlete at the meet, though.
The Nathan Hale relay team of Max Leach, Stuart Smith, Andrew Foerder and Aeden Roberts finished second to Northport, N.Y., in the four-mile relay. Nathan Hale, running as North Seattle Track Club, went 17:18.81.
Northport came within three-tenths of a second of the national high-school record in the event (17:06.6), set in 1976 by South Eugene (Ore.) High. Northport posted a 17:06.92 time Saturday.
Cascade of Everett senior Kaleb Dobson ran sixth in the 110 high hurdles in 14:42.
“I had a race plan and I didn’t follow any of it,” Dobson said. “I’m just happy to be there, though. It’s a great opportunity.”