Before going into the action at Arcadia we need to give credit to Mark Tedder, who ran last year for Battle Ground and now represents Cornell University. Running at the Bucknell Invitational the former Northwest prep came within nine seconds of the Big Red Freshman record, when he clocked 30:13.6 for 10 Kilometers. Mark placed eighth in the event over all.
The Arcadia Invitational has been one of the prime meets on the racing calendar for some time now and this year’s meet was hardly an exception. There were high quality performances in many events and the distances produced efforts of note. Northwest thin-clads once again showed their mettle with Alexa Efraimson of Camas leading the way. The Camas comet, who has done almost everything – save take on the challenge of Foot Locker – took the lead early in the 3200 Meter Run against a stellar field and pulled away on her way to a brilliant mark of 9:55.92. Alexa ran the first lap in 67& came through the 800M in 2:23 en route to a dominant victory. The effort, which calls to mind the great Melody Fairchild, was a dominant performance despite some singular efforts of runners left in her wake. Allie Ostrander of Kenai, Alaska moved from behind to overtake both Bethan knights & Anna Maxwell of California in posting a fine second place effort of 10:03. Knights and three-time Foot Locker qualifier Maxwell from San Lorenzo Valley came home in versions of 10:04. Fiona O’Keefe of California placed fifth in 10:14 and Lauren Gregory, a freshman from Colorado, garnered sixth in 10:15. Makena Morley of Montana, a three-time Foot Locker national finalist from Montana topped her fellow junior class member Hannah Long of Missouri, a two-time FL finalist, by four seconds by clocking 10:16, as she took seventh. Emma Abrahamson of La Costa Canyon garnered ninth in 10:23 and Sydney Badger of Nevada rounded out the top ten with 10:23. Other runners of note included Marissa Williams (11th – 10:25), Samantha Ortega (12th – 10:26), Julia Maxwell (13th – 19:26), plus the Utah runners Sarah Feeny (18th – 10:31), Lucy Biles (19th – 10:34) & Maddie Criscione (30t – 11:04).
The top divisions of the Women’s Mile had a distinctly Northwest flavor with a number of regional runners recording fine times. Lucy Biles of Herriman, Utah won the Invitational race with 4:50.68 to edge Danielle Jones of Arizona. Placing less than two-tenths of a second behind Malla Ellington was Sophie Cantine of Lakeside (Wa), who ran 4:52.62. Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin placed seventh with 4:59. Californian Hannah Benoit of Buchanan claimed the seeded race with 4:53.03 and Emily Hamlin of Boise took second in 4:54.55. Sam McKinnon of Mountain View followed in fourth with 4:56.
Those, who enjoyed a tight finish, got their wish in the Girls’ 800 Meters, when Mikaela Smith of Clovis North nipped Hannah Derby of Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) by half a second with her time of 2:10.06. Megan Beauchene followed in tenth with 2:17.71. Ellie Heiden of Kamiakin also chipped in points for the region, when she finished fifth in the 400M with 57.20. Kaelin Roberts of Poly and Madeline Price of Menlo went 1 -2 with times of 53.37 & 53.43 respectively.
The young men of the region also fared well including the Central Catholic Relay team in the Distance Medley Relay. The Ram squad, which was composed of Sam Truax, Sean Rogers, Jean Baptiste Tooley & Kyle Thompson, garnered second in the event with a time of 10:09.82. They were just edged by the foursome from Redondo Union, which won with 10:09. Truax led off with a 1200 Meter time of 3:06 and Rogers sped a lap in 50.62 seconds. Tooley cruised to an 800 split of 1:57 and Thompson closed the deal with 1600 meters in a swift 4:15.
Area runners made their marks in the 800: a race in which Carlton Orange & Connor Ross each ran version of 1:54 with orange getting the nod. Drew Schreiber of Eisenhower (Yakima) was right on their tail with his third place effort of 1:54.81. Jordon Wallin of Rocky Mountain (Id) finished sixth in 1:55 to continue his fine season of itinerant racing, which is very nice to see.
There was a strong filed assembled for the Invitational Mile. Wyoming’s Ricky Faure secured the victory in 4:09, as Nathan Rodriguez of Corono Del Sol (Az) followed a little more than a second later. Ellis Newton of Mayfair earned third with 4:12. The cast of supporters, who crossed the line later was quite good with Phillip Rocha placing fifth in 4:14 and two-time Foot Locker finalist Kramer Morton taking seventh in 4:16. Rory Linkletter, who just missing qualifying for the prep Mecca by finishing eleventh in the West Regional, ran a solid 4:19 to take tenth. The Men’s seeded mile went to Erik Ames of Coronado in 4:17.70 yet he barely edged Lucky Schreiner of Campo Verde (Az) by .18 of a second. John McAndrews of Loyola came in third with 4:15 to nip Garrett Migliozzi of Nevada Union. Michael Godbout of the Jesuit Crusaders ran a strong 4:19 to take seventh.
Fans wanted a loaded field certainly got their wish in the Young men’s 3200 Meters. Ian Milder of North Carolina & Aaron Templeton of Tennessee, who is yet another Foot Locker finalist, led the field through a first lap of 64 seconds. A large group, as anticipated, remained together well into the race but Californian Blake Haney drew away to win by four seconds with a time of 8:46. Andrew Rafla of Timberline (Id) continued his break-out year with a second place effort, which saw him nip Cerake Gederkidane of Denver West. Ian Milder faded a bit but still annexed fourth with 8:51. Garrett Corcoran secured fifth with 8:52 edging two-time Foot locker qualifier Conner Mantz of Sky View (Ut). Joe Hardy was the next of the Northwest contingent to check in with his eleventh place time of 8:55 & Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello was just off his shoulder sharing the same time. John Dressel of Mt. Spokane placed fifteen in 8:57, while Tanner Anderson of North Central just got under the magical nine minute barrier by clocking 8:59, which was good for nineteenth place. Levi Thomet of Kodiak, Alaska just missed that key mark with his time of 9:00.68 in placing 21st and Andrew Foerder of Nathan Hale followed in 25th with 9:05.63. Other Northwest runners included Devon Grove of Lake Washington placed 32nd in 9:11, Patrick McDermott of Ingraham (9:07) plus Nathan Wadhwani of Terry Fox in British Columbia was 34th in 9:26.
Estevan De La Rosa of Arcadia was victorious in the seeded 3200M and the only runner in the race to get under nine minutes with his 8:56. Jonah Henry of Wyoming placed second in 9:03 and Stuart Smith of Nathan Hale crossed the finish line in 9:07 to finish fifth. Other Northwest finishers were Garrett Kraal of Kamiakin (22nd - 9:18.63), Justin Janke of North Central (23rd – 9:18.83) and Keegan McCormick of Kamiakin, who placed 35th in a time of 9:35.
The Women’s 3200 Meter run was won by Brooke Starn of Monte Vista, who was clocked in 10:36. Kyra Huntsberger, a freshman from Reno, Nevada, was credited with second in 9:03 & Cassidy Towner of El Dorado took third with 10:43. Elise Tello of Eisenhower came in 24th with a time of 11:13 to cap a good day for runners from the region.