Friday, June 20, 2014

Country's best preps set to race on Renton oval at Brooks PR Invitational Saturday...

Normally don't write about high school track on the blog, but Saturday's Brooks PR Invitational meet at Renton Stadium is one of the few exceptions, as many of the country's top high school talents flock to the Renton oval next to the Boeing plant, beginning at 1:30 pm.

The biggest name in the Brooks PR meet is Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport), the IAAF world youth championships bronze medalist at 1500m last year, who is entered in the 800 as she tunes up for next week's USA outdoor championships in Sacramento.

Efraimson ran 4:07.05 at last week's adidas Grand Prix in New York, which was the second fastest time ever run by an American high schooler, and three seconds behind the American junior record of 4:04.62 set by Mary Cain last year.  

With Cain also entered at next week's senior nationals, this sets up the first of potentially two head-to-head meetings between the two teen titans in Sacramento, and the following weekend's USA junior nationals in Eugene, where spots on Team USA for the IAAF world junior championships in mid-July in Eugene are on the line.

Also entered in the Brooks PR meet is her world youth championships teammate and Washington state 4A sprint champ Hannah Cunliffe, who is entered in the 100 meters.

Six athletes (2 men, 4 women) who have signed national letters of intent with the University of Washington are entered in the meet--Drew Schrieber of Eisenhower HS, and Fred Huxham of Redwood HS, the California state champ in the 3200m, who are both entered in the mile.

Also among the six future Huskies entered are Hannah Derby of Bellarmine Prep (400m); Rose Christen of Central Kitsap (800m); Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley HS, and Megan Beauchene of Kamiakim HS (both in the mile).

Washington State incoming frosh Jonnie Green of Ephrata HS is entered in the 100.

NOTE:  Brooks Running contributed to this report.

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