The Camas girls cross country team just keeps getting better and better.
The Camas boys showed that they can run well, even when they aren’t running their best.
Like they did last week at the 3A district meet, the Papermakers swept the team titles of the Class 3A division of the Westside Classic regional cross country meet in Tacoma.
Freshman Alexa Efraimson breezed through the course at American Lake Golf Course to win in 18 minutes, 9 seconds, almost 40 seconds better than runner-up Mackenzie Bachmeier of Yelm.
“Alexa just left the field from the beginning,” Camas coach Mike Hickey said. “From the beginning, it looked just like a stroll through the park for her. Anything in the top five at state next week for her is great, and she’s capable of maybe top three.”
The Camas girls placed four runners in the top 9. Following Efraimson were Austen Reiter (fourth, 19:10), Megan Napier (fifth, 19:12) and Alissa Pudlitzke (ninth, 19:44).
Camas scored 32 points to easily outdistance Peninsula of Gig Harbor (67) and Prairie (73).
“Peninsula was ranked third in the state,” Hickey said. “So to have a solid win like we did really set it up for us and Glacier Peak next week at state.”
The state meet is Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Nicole Goecke placed third in 19:05 to lead Prairie to state. Taylor Guenther was eighth in 19:26. Columbia River placed seventh to just miss advancing to state.
The Camas boys also won the bi-district title, beating 3A Greater St. Helens League rival Columbia River 62-92 even with the Papermakers’ top runner having an off day.
Andrew Kaler, the two-time 3A district champion, struggled Saturday, was Camas’ No. 4 runner on Saturday.
Tucker Boyd paced the Papermakers by finishing fourth in 16:28. Alex Pien was seventh (16:43) and Andrew Duffy was ninth (16:46). Kaler finished 20th in 17:01.
“Andrew said from 200 meters into the race that he felt tired,” Hickey said. “I told him it was just anxiety. It’s something he’s going to need to work through, and I’m sure he will. It’s nice to know that he can have an off day and that team will pull through and go out and do what they need to. ... Pien and Duffy had outstanding days.”
Ryan Lisowski placed 12th to lead a solid team effort for Columbia River.
“We had a 27-second spread from our first to sixth runner,” River coach Dave Cummings said. “Amazing pack running.”
In the 4A girls race, Union freshman Alexis Fuller placed second in 18:44.
Mount Rainier’s Jordan McPhee won the race in 18:12. Union advanced to state as a team by finishing seventh, while Skyview just missed by placing ninth.
Union and Battle Ground finished seventh and eighth in the boys 4A meet to punch their tickets to state. Union’s Roman Kirkov was the top local runner, finishing fifth in 16:13. Battle Ground’s Mark Tedder was sixth in 16:14.
Hockinson 2, Tumwater 1, PKs — Laura Morgan made five saves in goal including a stop of Tumwater’s final penalty kick as Hockinson won the 2A district playoff match on Saturday in the shootout.
The two teams played to a 1-1 tie, both scoring in the second half.
Kavita Battan scored for Hockinson, nine minutes into the second half, off an assist from Aurora Bodenhamer to tie Tumwater.
In the shootout, both teams made their first two PKs, Hockinson made its third while Tumwater didn’t. Hannah Charles made Hockinson’s fourth PK, and then Morgan stopped Tumwater’s attempt to seal the win.
Hockinson will host W.F. West at 7 p.m. Tuesday at District Stadium. The winner will clinch at 2A state tournament berth and meet the winner of Mark Morris-Black Hills match for the district championship on Thursday.
W.F. West 3, Washougal 1 — Ellie Boon scored Washougal’s lone goal in the second half as the Panthers dropped into the elimination bracket at the 2A district tournament.
Washougal will host Tumwater on Tuesday night in a loser-out match. The Panther must win three loser-out matches next week to reach the 2A state tournament.
Playoff pairings set — Bainbridge beat Ingraham of Seattle 44-7 to advance to the 3A state preliminary. Bainbridge will play Camas at 7 p.m. Friday at Doc Harris Stadium.
Prairie will play Meadowdale on Saturday night in Edmonds in another 3A state preliminary game. The official game time has not been set.
Union will host Tahoma of Federal Way at 7 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium in a 4A state preliminary game. Heritage will play at Lake Stevens at 5 p.m. Saturday in another 4A playoffs.
Skyview will play Issaquah in the 4A playoffs at Kiggins Bowl, but the game time and date will not be set until Monday.
Hockinson will play W.F. West at 7 p.m. Friday at District Stadium in Battle Ground, while Woodland will play at North Thurston of Lacey on Friday in the 2A district playoffs.
In the 1A district playoffs, La Center will host Tenino at 7 p.m. Friday, while Ridgefield will travel to play Montesano at 7 p.m. Friday.