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Alexa Efraimson

Posted: 05/20/2013 10:59 AM

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Though it's very premature to speculate where she will attend college, sophomore Alexa Efraimson of Camas set a new PR in the 800 during the Bi-District Qualifier on Saturday.

Her time would have placed her second at the Pac-12 Championships. It is currently the top time in the nation of teams that post results on Athletic.net.

Some of you have probably seen her efforts from the Oregon Preview and the Oregon Relays where she dominated. What many of you may not know is that she has been training to peak for high level meets early this summer. So her times right now may just be the start of some impressive performances.

She essentially used the high school dual meet season and invitationals as training. Running occasional but consistent sub-60 quarters in the open 400 and 4x400 Relay, or pacing teammates to steadily improving times in the 1600 and 3200.

The Washington State Track and Field Championships are May 23-25. It's too bad that Alexa Efraimson and Amy-Eloise Neal (currently #3 in the nation on times listed on Athletic.net) are no longer in the same classification. It would be a helluva race.

www.columbian.com/news/2013/ma...-personal-best/
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Posted: 05/20/2013 9:45 PM

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Don't worry on about UO on the subject of her or some of the other top underclassmen
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Posted: 05/21/2013 8:15 AM

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Adam: Huh?rolleyes
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Posted: 05/21/2013 8:45 AM

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Thank you, danish. That post thoroughly confused me.

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Adam: Huh?<img border="0" alt="rolleyes" src="media.scout.com/media/forums/e....gif"/>

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Posted: 05/23/2013 9:01 PM

WIAA State Track & Field Girls 1600 


Alexa Efraimson had a fantastic time and broke the State Meet record previously held by Brie Felnagle.

m.columbian.com/news/2013/may/...in-record-time/
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Posted: 06/17/2013 9:22 AM

Alexa Efraimson at New Balance Nationals 


As a sophomore, Alexa finished in second place in the Girls 800M with a time of 2:07.04. Winning the race was Georgetown-bound Sabrina Southerland in 2:06.26.
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Posted: 06/17/2013 11:26 AM

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I was pleased to see that Efraimson ran this 2:07.04, as up until this race, she had not mustered a 2013 time to match her 2:08.92 from last year. Her 2013 best had been only 2:09.74 which was nearly a second slower than she ran as a freshman, giving some thought that perhaps she had already peaked out. This race shows that she is still improving, with two more years of high school running ahead of her.
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Posted: 06/17/2013 1:16 PM

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I was pleased to see that Efraimson ran this 2:07.04, as up until this race, she had not mustered a 2013 time to match her 2:08.92 from last year. Her 2013 best had been only 2:09.74 which was nearly a second slower than she ran as a freshman, giving some thought that perhaps she had already peaked out. This race shows that she is still improving, with two more years of high school running ahead of her.

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This may help in order to see what she did in 2013 during the high school track season:

www.athletic.net/TrackAndField...spx?AID=3650447

She has beaten her 2012 time as a freshman on three occasions so far. She ran 2:06.54 earlier this year at the Bi-District Championships to win by 3.7 seconds and qualify for the State Championships, then ran 2:08.17 to win the 4A State Championship 800M by over two seconds one day after breaking the State Record in the 1600M with a time of 4:39.25 and winning that race by over 12 seconds and beating last year's 4A champion (who also had a PR in this specific race).

She has geared her training in order to run her fastest times in higher profile races that she's competing in this summer. In the high school dual meets this past season, she used them as more of a workout than anything else. Running the range between 400s, 800s, 1600s and 3200s along with some 4x400 relay legs. So her times early in the season are indicative of running to win or set a pace for teammates. She showed zero labor in running her times in the early meets, and she wasn't looking to break any PR she may have had early on.
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Posted: 06/18/2013 5:31 AM

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She also ran a 4:16 1500M at the Portland Track Festival while many people were paying attention to the NCAA Championships on June 8th. It was a 3.54 second PR.
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Posted: 06/18/2013 10:45 AM

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It certainly does look like she is continuing to improve her times, and rather significantly. Clyde, do you see her as ultimately being primarily a 1500 meter or 5K runner?
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Posted: 06/19/2013 4:09 PM

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It certainly does look like she is continuing to improve her times, and rather significantly. Clyde, do you see her as ultimately being primarily a 1500 meter or 5K runner?

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She started running as a sixth grader and took to it naturally. She is meticulous by nature, so she is self-driven to improve as she learns what to do. When she was in eighth grade, she was very thin and smallish. As a sophomore, she has become taller and stronger. She made an emphasis on working on her diet and strength between her freshman and sophomore years, and has said that it paid off greatly and helped lead her to her dominating season that she had in Cross Country in 2012. She and her parents decided to help her train to run in higher profile meets during the summer so she could continue learning how to be an effective racer.

She does not like to lose. On the rare times that it happens though, she is driven to learn from it so it doesn't become routine.

At the moment, her style usually involves what amounts to a strong assault at a better than average pace. Her strength in running is that she can maintain a fast pace and will use it to wear down her opposition. She doesn't appear to have a kick, but instead she just keeps churning without hitting a wall. That isn't to say that she isn't capable of a big kick. In one race I saw her run as a freshman, she was the anchor leg for the 4x400 relay team. Taking the baton about 15 meters behind Nicole Goecke of Prairie, Efraimson reeled her in by the first turn and slowly stretched out a lead until finishing about 25 meters ahead. Goecke later went on to place 6th in the State 400 that year.

On the track, she seems to prefer running the 800 and 1600 most of all. She did a couple of 3200s during the season, but both were a tandem race with Alissa Pudlitzke (her teammate, a 1600/3200 specialist) where they traded the lead every other lap so Pudlitzke could set good times. Efraimson would ease back at the end so Pudlitzke could get the win. She also ran a few open 400s in addition to running on the 4x400 relay team, and her time was second fastest in the District. I'm certain though that she would have won any race at that distance against any other competitor in the District if she was needed to do so. But her performance during the season in Cross Country was extraordinary. So as she gets older her talents may indeed lie in being a 1500M/5000M runner. She seems to just be scratching the surface of what she cuold do in the 1500. In the 800, she had a dramatic improvement during her freshman year as the season went on and then kind of made those fast times a standard for herself this year each time she ran them while using the high school track year to work on a variety of races and paces. She's certainly not as fast as Mary Cain is or Laura Roesler was when Laura was in high school (yet), but I honestly believe that it's only because she hasn't been in enough competitive 800s this year to really drop her time. The New Balance race last Saturday was the first one where she really had some competition and she had to work hard and battle.

As of now, her strength and willpower is pretty impressive. The only weakness that I can see is that she hasn't had enough high-level competition to hone her racing skills against others who are as good. It has become commonplace for her to blow away her competition, even at local high-level meets such as the Oregon Preview, Oregon Relays, Jesuit Relays, and the District and State Championships, so getting a taste of running in meets such as the Portland Track Festival against collegiate and professional runners and in the New Balance Invitational against runners such as Sabrina Southerland will only help her.

I will say that it's amusing to watch runners from other schools being affected mentally when she steps on the track. Some runners have given up the idea of doing well if they're in a race with her, but a few such as Alexis Fuller of Union will use Efraimson to pull them to fast times. Fuller's fastest times by far this season in the 800 and 1600 came in races that Efraimson won. 2:11.63 at the District Meet in the 800 (for second place) and 2:10.68 at the State Championships (for third place), a first ever sub-5:00 1600 at the District Championships for second place, and then nearly a nine second improvement on that time at the State Championships (4:51.37) in the race where Efraimson set the State Meet Record of 4:39.25.

And Alexis Fuller is just a sophomore as well.

Lots of talented middle distance runners in the Greater St. Helens League.
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Posted: 06/19/2013 4:31 PM

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Hope she picks Oregon in 2 years???????
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Posted: 06/20/2013 7:05 AM

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Hope she picks Oregon in 2 years???????

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She has mentioned in interviews that Andrew Wheating is her favorite athlete.

She's a heckuva student as well. If she stays healthy and continues to improve, she and her parents will be able to make a sound choice on where she should go to college. Whether that's Oregon or elsewhere, it'll be interesting and fun to watch her progress.

www.columbian.com/news/2013/ju...s-track-athlet/
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Posted: 06/26/2013 10:19 AM

World Youth Track and Field Trials 


For 16 and 17 year olds, Alexa Efraimson won the Girls 1500. Was slated to run against Mary Cain, but Mary performed well and placed second in the US Track and Field Championships so withdrew from the World Youth Track and Field Trials.

www.usatf.org/events/2013/Worl...esults/F608.asp
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