State Track: Champions of Champions
With the Class 2A, 3A, and 4A state track and field meets in the books, who are the Champions of Champions? Here is how the top Clark County athletes stack up to the rest of the state:
— Freshman Alexa Efraimson of Camas finished second in the Class 3A girls 800 meters, but it wasn’t through any fault of her own. Efraimson finished in 2:10.51 in the final, just behind the 2:10.32 posted by Amy-Eloise Neale from Glacier Peak of Snohomish.
Efraimson’s time was easily the second best among the 2A/3A/4A meets, and it broke the previous 3A meet record. Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin, also in the 3A race, had the third-best time of the day at 2:12.99.
In fact, Lynelle Decker of Mountain View finished fourth in the 3A race, but she had the fifth-best time among all the classifications.
— Alexis Fuller of Union won the Class 4A 800 meters, but her time of 2:13.69 would have been good for fifth in the 3A race. She had the sixth-best time overall in the event.
Of course, athletes often perform their best when they are pushed by strong competition. There’s no telling what Fuller would have run as part of that strong 3A field. Maybe she can transfer to a 3A school for next year and set up a scintillating final, as Neale, Efraimson, and Beauchene all will return.
— More evidence of how strong the 3A girls middle-distance runners were at the state meet: Mountain View’s Decker finished fifth in the 1,600 in 5:01.49, and that was the sixth-best time of the day.
Fuller was second in the 4A race in 5:02.84, a time that would have placed seventh in the 3A race.
— Tanner Sork of Camas finished second in the 4A boys 400 in 48.03. That was the third-best time of the day in the event.
— Sork also was second in the 800. His 1:52.26 also was the third-best of the day. In the 4A race, Nick Boersma of Wenatchee ran a meet-record 1:49.87 to beat him.
— Sean Keller of Heritage won the 4A boys javelin with a mark of 227-11. The next-best throw in any classification was 205-10. Keller was expected to do that. In his mind, he was expected to do even more.
— Jennifer DeBellis of Columbia River matched her PR and her meet record of 12-6 in winning the 3A girls pole vault. The next-best mark of the weekend was 12-3. It’s safe to say that DeBellis is a big-meet performer.
— Taylor Barrus of Skyview won the 4A girls javelin with a mark of 150-7, breaking her PR by 9 feet. The next-best mark of all the competition was 146-9 by 2A winner Jamie Weisner of Clarkson.
— Jameson Shirley of Skyview won the 4A boys pole vault at 15-6, a mark that was equalled in the 4A meet by Austin Sodorff of Woodinville. Shirley won on fewer misses. That height was the best of the weekend, and it was challenged only by Joe Thompson of Union, who cleared 15-3 and finished third in the 4A competition.