After just her first autumn running for Camas High School, Alexa Efraimson’s championship resume is already looking impressive.
The 14-year-old freshman helped the Papermaker girls cross country team capture the state championship. She also represented her state in the Border Clash and became a Nike Cross National All-American.
“I didn’t think I was going to go all the way to nationals in my first year,” Efraimson said. “All I was thinking about was state. I didn’t know you could go even further than that in high school.”
Many teams would wrap it up after winning a state title, but Efraimson and her teammates took advantage of an opportunity to compete together one more time at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional at Engle State Park near Boise, Idaho. Efraimson, Austen Reiter, Alissa Pudlitzke, Lindsay Wourms, Camille Parsons, Megan Napier and Trisha Patterson became the first team from Camas to finish fourth place at the event. Efraimson earned third out of 166 runners to qualify for nationals.
The next weekend, Efraimson, Reiter and Napier helped Team Washington defeat Team Oregon at the Nike Girls Border Clash on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Efraimson finished fourth out of 78 of the best runners in both states.