Efraimson takes life as a professional runner one step at a time
By Micah Rice/The Columbian
Alexa Efraimson of Camas trains at Hudson's Bay High School. The 18-year-old recently ran the fastest 1,500 meters ever by an American woman younger than 20. Alexa Efraimson of Camas trains at Hudson's Bay High School. The 18-year-old recently ran the fastest 1,500 meters ever by an American woman younger than 20.
Perhaps the most exciting race at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on Monday will be the women's 800m where the best field ever assembled here will battle for the top 2 spots putting those athletes in a position to be selected to Team Canada. Anyone of these runners are capable of winning. To make Team Canada they must not only finish in the top 2 but exceed the times of the current leaders on the Canadian ranking list. They are Fiona Benson of Langley Mustangs (2:01.58) and Rachel Aubry of Guelph's Speed River (2:02.16). 2012 Olympians, Melissa Bishop of Windsor and Jessica Smith of North Vancouver are ready to regain their spots on the national team but they have to do this before June 14th when the qualifying period concludes. High schooler Alexa Effraimson from Camus, Washington is clearly not a factor in selection but she has run 2:01.13 and will be shooting for a part of the $125,000 prize list as she has turned professional already.
Here is the line up
Melissa Bishop'88CAN 2:02.31/1:59.70
Jessica Smith'89 CAN 2:02.82/1:59.86
Alexa Efraimson'97 USA 2:01.13/2:01.13
Fiona Benson'92 CAN 2:01.58/2:01.58
Shannon Leinert'87 USA 2:02.68/2:01.65
Rachel Aubry'90 CAN 2:02.16/2:02.05
Rachel Francois'92 CAN 2:03.15/2:02.18
Samantha Murphy'92 CAN 2:04.94/2:02.10
Lindsay Butterworth'92 CAN 2:02.88/2:02.88
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