PASCO, WA — As the Cross Country world in Washington started to leave Sun Willows Golf Course, Camas High School runners reflected on the drama and results of the day. The outcome wasn’t what they expected, and the final milliseconds of the State meet will likely be on Papermaker Daniel Maton’s mind for months, if not years, but Camas did end the day on the awards podium multiple times, continuing a drive for success and excellence.

Taking home two team trophies, the lady Papermakers placed second, losing to Lewis and Clark by nine points. Their second place finish was propelled by Emma Jenkins, Camryn Mock, Halle Jenkins, Madison Child, Ellie Potsma, Jenna Lukowiak, and Brooke Roy.

The boys earned fourth place, led by Daniel Mason, David Connell, Spencer Twyman, Jackson Lyne, LJ Floyd, Sam Geiger, and Luke Utheza.

Senior Emma Jenkins earned the first Papermaker medal of the day with a fourth place finish (17:59.8). Mock placed 22nd (18:46.9), Jenkins placed 24th (18:49.4), and Child placed 25th (18:51.3). The team had focused on beating reigning State XC Champion Issaquah, which they did, but “didn’t see Lewis and Clark coming,” said Coach Laurie Porter. “They surprised us.”

For the past six seasons, the Camas Girls XC team has taken home three State titles, and three second place trophies.

The 4A boys team ended in dramatic fashion with Maton running neck and neck with Central Valley’s Ryan Kline to the bitter end. Maton took the lead by a step, then Kline took him, and at the last moments Maton pushed forward, lost his balance and fell across the finish line, settling for second place, losing by just two-tenths of a second.

Connell got a personal best (15:55.5) and underclassmen Floyd and Twyman continue to improve their times.

On the Washougal side, for 2A, Junior Amelia Pullen’s performance stood out with her third place finish (18:36.3).

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PASCO, WA — It was expected, but it wasn’t a given, as the Camas Girls XC team won their second consecutive State title on Saturday, which was their fourth in five years.

Freshman Rachel Blair finished fourth, covering the 5,000 meter course at Sun Willows Golf Course in 18 minutes, 10 seconds. Sophomore Emma Jenkins was seventh in 18:17, and sophomore Emily Wilson was was in thirteenth place, clocking in at 18:30.

Maddie Woodson and Kaylee Merritt rounded out the five scoring Camas runners, who posted a team score of 81 points.

Many of the girls also compete in Track & Field, as well as run for club teams, so they are well-conditioned all year long. Blair also said their team is coached well, and that although it’s an individual sport, the girls on the team work well together, and encourage each other to excel, and to do their absolute best.

The team begins practice before school even begins in September, and they always set lofty goals for themselves.

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From left to right: Brooke Roy, Madison Child, Ellie Postma, Rachel Blair, Maddie Woodson, Emily Wilson, Emma Jenkins, Kaylee Merritt, & Alexa jones.comprised the State Champion Camas XC team.



Girls Team Take 2 of 3 Top Spots

TACOMA, WA – Both the Camas High School Girls and Boys Cross Country teams competed at the Class 4A Bi-District Cross Country meet at the American Lake Golf Course last Saturday, placing second and fourth, respectively.

Papermaker Alexa Efraimson earned the top spot again in the 5,000 meter event with a time of 17:40.48. Union’s Alexis Fuller finished with 18:31, and Papermaker Alissa Pudlitzke came in third at 18:37.

Even though Efraimson and Pudlitzke were in the top three, Camas, the defending 4A state champions, lost first place to Bellarmine Prep 63-66.

Marley LeFore finished ninth, with a time of 19:04.61; McKenzie Good finished with a time of 20:04.87; Meghan Finley finished at 20:27.36; Maddie Woodson earned a time of 20:40.79; and Alexa Jones clocked in at 20:56.09.

The girls compete at State this weekend at Pasco.

The Camas boys placed fourth at the meet with a score of 151. Senior Riley Hein was the top local finished, placing ninth at 16:25.

His brother, Zach Hein, placed 26th with a time of 16:48.88. Daniel Osterhage clocked in at 17:08.10 and Freshman Nick Carter made a name for himself with a time of 17:09.35. Taryk Boyd finished with a time of 17:28.86; and Adam Peterson finished at 18:13.88.

“There was a stiff headwind that sent pinecones and other debris flying onto the course,” said Zach Hein. “This also resulted in the course running pretty slow, especially compared to past years. If you were going to highlight anyone’s performances I would say Nick Carter really had a fantastic race. He is a freshman and managed to hold on to Daniel Osterhage, a junior. Both of their performances really contributed to our success.”

Hein and his teammates also head to State this weekend.

“Once I could feel my chest start to hurt, I knew I was running a good race,” said Carter. “I’ve been running since seventh grade and I like to test myself to see how far I can go.”


Alexa Efraimson
Junior Alexa Efraimson won the event.
Photo by Jeff Pudlitzke.
Girls XC
The Girls team finished second overall. Photo by Jeff Pudlitzke.