Efraimson wins 800 with personal best

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Alexa Efraimson talked about setting a personal record on Saturday, but she didn't say anything about shattering her previous best.

Yet that's just what the Camas High School sophomore did at the Class 4A bi-district track meet at Kent-Meridian High School.

Efraimson, one of the nation's best middle-distance runners, won the 800 meters in 2:06.54, breaking her previous PR by more than two seconds. According to times posted to Athletic.net, that is the best mark in the nation this year.

In the process, Efraimson served notice that she is ready for next week's state meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

The 4A bi-district meet served as the qualifier for state, with the top eight finishers in each event advancing to next week's competition.

Efraimson, who on Friday won the 1,600 at Kent-Meridian, also helped Camas to a victory in the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday. The team of Ali Nuce, Jordan Davis, McKenzie Good, and Efraimson finished in 4:00.12, while Union came in second.

Other highlights from the Class 4A bi-district meet:

• Skyview's Aubrey Ward-El won the girls shot put and javelin.

With a mark of 134 feet, 10 inches in the javelin, Ward-El outdistanced runner-up Amber Corbett of Camas. McKenna Jackson of Camas also qualified for state by finishing sixth.

• Skyview's Colby Gilbert won the 3,200 meters, adding to his victory Friday in the 1,600.

Gilbert finished in 9:11.35, nearly 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Wolfgang Beck of Gig Harbor.