Efraimson takes third at World Youth meet
Camas High School runner is ‘humbled’ by the opportunity to represent Team U.S.A.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It was less than three years ago that a Camas eighth-grader named Alexa Efraimson first began turning heads after she helped lead the Evergreen Storm Track Club to eighth place at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
That skinny girl with braces is now a world-class high school runner, having earned a bronze medal for Team U.S.A. at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Competing in a field of 12 finalists, who are among the best youth athletes in the world, Efraimson finished the 1,500 meter final in 4:16:07. Ethiopians Tigist Gashaw (4:14.25) and Dawit Seyaum (4:15.51), took first and second place.
Efraimson edged out Bobby Clay of Great Britain down the final stretch. Clay finished in 4:16:41.