Camas High School junior Alexa Efraimson has been named the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
She received the news Thursday morning when Olympian Molly Huddle stopped by her advanced marketing class.
Huddle, a nine time All-American, is the American record holder in the 5,000 meters. She placed 11th in the 5,000 final, at the 2012 Olympic Games, in London.
“I was so excited,” Efraimson said later about the surprise. “I started to tear up. It was awesome.”
The award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Efraimson, 17, is a two-time cross country and a two-event track state champion.
During a press conference that followed the surprise presentation, she said she was honored and humbled to receive the Gatorade award.