The scary part of about Alexa Efraimson’s national record is she could surpass it next year.
Efraimson, a junior runner from Camas, Ore., set a girls national record in the 1,600 meters, winning the event in 4 minutes, 33.29 seconds at the state track championships on Thursday.
Her time erased the previous record or 4:33.82, set by Christine Babock of Woodbridge (Irvine, Calif.) in 2008. Coming down the stretch, Efraimson ran her final 400 meters in 65 seconds and her nearest challenger finished 16 seconds back.
“Running by myself is one of the hardest things for me,” Efraimson said after the meet. “I know I’m better than 4:33. But without competition, I think this is a good stepping stone for me right now.”
Efraimson has the top high school times in the country this season in the 1,600, the 3,000 and 3,200 and the No. 2 time in the 800. She won the Nike Cross Nationals last fall and on June 14, she is scheduled to run in the Adidas Dream Mile in New York.
Efraimson leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Adam Belhaj, track and field, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Senior, who has is headed to South Dakota State, won the 200 and 400 meters and anchored his team’s winning 1,600-meter relay to lead Lincoln to the state Class AA title on Saturday.
Courtney Carroll, soccer, Hough, Cornelius, N.C.
Senior forward, who has signed with Ole Miss, scored the only goal in the state 4A championship, leading her team to a 1-0 defeat of previously unbeaten Cary in quadruple overtime.
Chris Emter, track and field, Park, Livingtston, Mont.
Senior, who has signed a football scholarship at Carroll College in Helena, set a Class A state shot put meet record with a throw of 58 feet, 5.5 inches on Friday.
VIDEO: Emter’s football highlights
Trentavis Friday, track and field, Cherryville, N.C.
Senior, who has signed with Florida State, ran the fastest 100 meters (10.17 seconds) and 200 meters (20.33) in the country on Saturday at the Champions Tune-Up Meet in Kernersville, N.C.
Tyler Hudson, baseball, Assabet, Marlborough, Mass.
Junior needed only 76 pitches to throw a no-hitter in a 3-0 Division 3 quarterfinal defeat of Auburn on Monday. Hudson, who had a perfect game earlier in the season, also drove in a run with a single on Monday.
VIDEO: Hudson’s perfect game
Christian Moya, baseball, Bishop Amat, La Puente, Calif.
Sophomore outfielder hit a three-run homer in a come-from-behind 5-2 quarterfinal defeat of Quartz Hill on Friday in a CIF-Southern Section Division III quarterfinal.
VIDEO: Moya’s prospect highlights
Makayla Neinas, softball, Wrightstown, Wis.
Freshman hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning and was the winning pitcher on May 27 in a 5-4 defeat of Luxemburg-Casco (Luxemburg). On Thursday, she threw a one-hitter and had two hits in a 2-0 defeat of West De Pere (De Pere) for the regional title.
Caitlin Plocheck, softball, Deer Park, Texas
Senior, who has signed with Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., was the winning pitcher and hit a homer in a 6-1 defeat of Coronado (Lubbock) in 5A semifinal on Friday. In the state final on Saturday, she went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in her team’s 8-2 defeat of The Woodlands on Saturday.
Loghan and Madison Sprauer, track and field, Kennedy, Mt. Angel, Ore.
Loghan, a junior, and Madison, a senior, led their team to the state 2A title over the weekend, scoring 62 of their team’s 83 points. Loghan won the 100, 200 and 400 meters on Friday, including a state record of 12.67 seconds in the 100. Madison won the pole vault and was second in two hurdles events.