The look on Alexa Efraimson’s face during those final 50 meters of desperation in the 800 told the story.
She was pushing her body, mind and soul to the brink to become a state champion Saturday, at Mt. Tahoma High School. But on this day, Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, was just a step ahead of the Camas freshman.
“I feel like I couldn’t have given it any more than I did,” Efraimson said.
The Papermaker stumbled across the finish line, in a breathtaking time of 2 minutes, 10.51 seconds, before collapsing on to her knees in complete exhaustion. She had just broken the meet record of 2:10.98 set by Penny Graves of Port Angeles in 1983.
Neale was not in much better shape. She pulled up lame at the finish line with a strained hamstring, but she still won the race with a time of 2:10.32.