CROSS COUNTRY: Beamer girls finish 15th, Jex ends up 32nd overall

In their first-ever appearance at the Class 4A State Cross Country Championships, the Beamer girls finished up in 15th place overall.

The Titans ended up with 323 team points and finished above Auburn Riverside in the team standings. Beamer was led by Ashley Mason, who finished up in 64th place overall in a time of 19:43.0 over the 5-kilometer course at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday afternoon.

Camas High School literally ran away with the Class 4A team championship with 50 points, well above second-place Tahoma, who finished with 103 points. Sophomore Alexa Efraimson won the individual race in  17:34.2. Last year's champion, Mount Rainier's Jordan McPhee, was second in 18:10.9.

Other Beamer finishers Saturday were sophomore Lily Do in 87th place (20:09.2), freshman Angela Mendoza in 93rd (20:12.0), junior Alyssa Donawa in 109th (20:35.9), sophomore Paige Hallstrom in 120th (21:06.0), freshman Alyssa Odom in 125th (21:13.6) and freshman Jessa Barth in 126th (21:13.9).

The Titans qualified by finishing in the eighth and final position at the West Central/Southwest District Meet.

The Beamer boys duo of Austin Jex and Haftom Tafere had a pair of strong runs at the state meet in the Tri-Cities Saturday. Jex, a sophomore, had the best finish of any district runner, finishing 32nd overall over the 5-kilometer course in 16:11.9. Tafere, a junior, was 80th overall in 16:42.3.

Mead's Andrew Gardner won the boys' race in a blistering time of 15:02.3 and Spokane's Central Valley won the team title with 89 points.

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders had a pair of runners at the state meet. Senior Yohan Gebrehiwet finished up in 55th-place overall in the boys' race in a time of 16:24.1 in his second-straight state meet appearance. Junior Kelin Doner ended up in 69th-place overall in the girls' race win a time of 19:50.2.

Federal Way's lone representative, senior Tremaine Rambo, crossed the finish line in 139th place in the boys' race in 17:52.5.


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