Camas’ Alexa Efraimson will run in Adidas Dream Mile in June
Alexa Efraimson and Elise Cranny will go head to head at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 14 in the biggest matchup the Adidas Girls Dream Mile has seen since it began in 2010, organizers announced Tuesday.
Cranny, a senior from Niwot, Colo., won the mile at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals in 4:40.62—putting her No. 5 on the all-time list—and won at 800 meters in the same meet this year. Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. outdoors this season at both 800 and 1,500 meters, Cranny became the No.2 high school girl all-time at 1,500 meters on Sunday night when she ran 4:10.95 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, finishing sixth in a field of college and professional athletes.
Efraimson, a junior at Camas, succeeded Cranny as the mile champion at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals, and is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. at 3,000 meters and 3,200 meters in addition to her No. 2 spot at 1500 meters. The 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships bronze medalist at 1500 meters, she set an American Junior Record for the indoors 3,000 meters (9:00.16) last winter, taking down a mark set the year before by Mary Cain.
The last time these two met they went 1-2 at Nike Cross Country Nationals last fall in Portland, with Efraimson prevailing in 16:50.1 to Cranny’s 16:53.8.