Five things to watch in the girls track and field state championships this weekend.
Five things to watch in the high-school girls track and field championships this week:
1 Sophomore has eyes on record.
An increase in enrollment bumped Camas up to Class 4A, meaning that Papermakers sophomore Alexa Efraimson won’t clash with Glacier Peak nemesis Amy-Eloise Neale.
Efraimson finished behind Neale in the 3A girls 800 meters last season, but holds the third-best 1,600 time (4:40.77) in state history and leads the nation in the 800 (2:06.54).
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She’ll have a chance to snap the 1,600 record set by Brie Felnagle of Bellarmine Prep in 2005 (4:38.09).
2 Door wide open for Glacier Peak’s Neale.
With Efraimson out of the picture, the Glacier Peak senior will be the heavy favorite to claim her seventh and eighth state titles.
Neale, a Washington recruit, holds the nation’s second-best 1,600 time and third-best in the 800. She has been at least three seconds faster than all other 3A competitors in both events this season.
3 Holy Names likes chances for 3A team title.
What has the Cougars’ ever-dwindling roster meant for Cecelia Jackson, Olivia Vincent and Imani Apostol? The trio needs to run even faster if they plan to repeat their Sea-King 3A District meet championship performance.
At district, Jackson and Vincent went one-two in both hurdles events, while Apostol swept the 100, 200 and 400.
4 Curtis sprinter far from finished.
Before Kennadi Bouyer splits for Ole Miss this fall, the Curtis sprinter and long jumper will look for more state hardware.
Bouyer holds state-best times in the 100 and 200, which she swept at state last year. She has a state best in the long jump, where she’ll try to dethrone Auburn Riverside’s Brandi Williams, the defending champion.
5 UW discus recruit ready for final throws.
When Gina Flint of Squalicum (Bellingham) committed to UW, she turned down 11-time Pac-12 champion Oregon for an offer closer to home.
Huskies throws coach T.J. Crater said Flint “is one of, if not the best, returning two-event thrower in the U.S. this year.”
She will try for her second straight state titles in the discus and shot. She has the third-leading discus throw in the nation and the sixth-leading mark in the shot.