Camas’ Alexa Efraimson is Gatorade state girls track and field athlete of year

Local athletes competing at state track events

Add another honor for Alexa Efraimson.

The Camas junior was named the Gatorade Washington Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive season.

Efraimson set a national prep record for the 1,600-meter run, finishing in 4:33.29 at the Class 4A state meet to break the previous mark by 0.52 seconds.

She also won the state title in the 800 meters in 2:04.10, which was the second-best prep time in the country this season. Efraimson ranked No. 1 in the country in the 1,500 and her time of 4:07.05 was the third-best clocking in prep track history. She also ran the nation’s best time this season in the 3,000 (9:23.24) and No. 2 in the 3,200 (9:55.92).

Efraimson was the Gatorade National Cross Country Athlete of the Year in the fall.

“Alexa has combined talent, work ethic, knowledge of her sport and humility to become one of the most exciting athletes we have seen,” said Alisa Wise, head coach of Camas High. “She has risen far and above and proven herself over and over again to be not only the best at her events, but consistent and durable as well.”

Raven Saunders, a senior at Burke HS in Charleston, S.C., was selected as the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year after setting new national prep record in the shot put.

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