Camas runners catch a glimpse of the future
Papermakers rise to the occasion at Nike Pre-Nationals
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
You have to love running in order to perform under the windy and rainy conditions witnessed Saturday, and the Camas High School cross country competitors do.
“Every single one of these kids gave it their all,” said head coach Laurie Porter. “You could see it on their faces and in their form by the end of the races — they had nothing left.”
Alexa Efraimson, Alissa Pudlitzke, Marley LeFore, Maddie Woodson and Meghan Finley led the Papermaker varsity girls team to fourth place in the Danner Championship Nike Pre-Nationals race, at Portland Meadows.
Efraimson earned first place after she completed the 5,000-meter slushy obstacle course in 17 minutes, 59 seconds. She said it was not as muddy as during the Nike Cross Nationals, but it was still difficult to navigate.
“It wasn’t just the rain that affected me, it was the wind. It was equivalent to going up a hill,” Efraimson said. “It just shows the dedication that this team has. This was the first big race of the season and I thought we did well.”