Alexa Efraimson

Birthday: 02/07/97 Mile PR: 4:20.9 (road) - 2018
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:03.39 - 2015 (U.S. Junior record)
High School: Camas HS '15
Hometown: Camas, WA
College: University of Portland '20
Current Residence: Portland, OR

Alexa Efraimson won the Mile at the 2022 BU John Thomas Terrier Classic in 4:29.78, and in October 2022, she retired from the sport.

In 2019, she won the Drake Relays 1500 meters, breaking the beam in 4:13.18, and in August, Efraimson earned the 1500 meter bronze medal in 4:08.63 at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

At the Palio della Quercia meet in Rovereto, Italy on September 6, 2016, she shattered the U.S. Junior outdoor Mile record (19 & under), clocking 4:27.39 to finish third overall against an international field. Efraimson was also the second U.S. female high school distance runner to turn pro before graduating within the last three years, after New York's phenom Mary Cain.

After signing a contract with Nike in 2014, she continues to work with her high school coach Michael Hickey, forgoing her final year of high school and collegiate racing eligibility. With her 4:03.39 at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic, Alexa broke Mary Cain's national junior and high school records continuing her progression as a rising Mile star.

At the age of 16 she won the U.S. Junior 1500m title, and joined Jordan Hasay as the only boy or girl to win a distance medal at the World Youth Championships with a bronze in 2013.


Top Fields Set for Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee Men’s Mile & Women’s 1500

April 14, 2019

Former University of Iowa standout Erik Sowinski and fellow USA champion Heather Kampf headline races on Saturday, April 27 in Des Moines

From Drake Athletic Communications

The men's Mile and women's 1500 meters are set to feature some of the top runners in the world as part of the Drake...

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Dibaba Breaks African Mile Record in Rovereto

September 07, 2016

Indoor Mile world record holder clocks second fastest women's outdoor time ever in season ending race; Alexa Efraimson shatters outdoor U.S. Junior Mile record

By Diego Sampaolo, IAAF

Genzebe Dibaba grabbed the headlines at the Palio della Quercia meeting in Rovereto, Italy after recording...

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Alexa Efraimson: The Teen Miler to Watch at USATF Championships

June 24, 2015

Eighteen-year-old pro is a contender for World Championships 1500 meter team.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

A teen who turned pro while in high school might make the U.S. 1500 meter team for August’s World Championships in Beijing. But if it happens, the odds are that it will be...

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Efraimson takes life as a professional runner one step at a time

June 08, 2015

Breakthrough at Pre Classic highlight of year marked by growth

By Micah Rice, The Columbian

On a recent rainy afternoon, one of the hottest young names in American running blazed around the Hudson's Bay High School track.

As Alexa Efraimson's eyes locked onto the finish line ahead, each...

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High School Star Alexa Efraimson Turns Pro

August 26, 2014

Fellow teen phenom Mary Cain’s successful segue from high school to the professionals ranks influenced her decision.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Alexa Efraimson, the Nike Cross Nationals and USA Junior 1500 meter champion from Camas, Washington, has signed a professional contract with...

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High School Star Alexa Efraimson Considering Early Pro Career

June 16, 2014

The rising senior had a breakout performance at the New York Diamond League meet this weekend.

By Marc Bloom, Running Times

Moments after running a sensational 4:07.05 in the women’s professional 1500m field on Saturday at the adidas Grand Prix in New York, Alexa Efraimson, who is finishing...

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Teen phenom Efraimson poised for more success

June 21, 2014

"I remember going up to my high school coach and I said, 'This girl is special.'" - coach Mike Hickey

By Christopher Chavez,

NEW YORK -- Going into the bell lap of the women's 1500 meter run at the 2014 adidas Grand Prix in New York City, 17-year-old Alexa Efraimson ran on the...

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Efraimson Sets Mile Meet Record at New Balance Indoor Nationals

March 16, 2014

2013 Foot Locker Cross Country national champion Grant Fisher wins boys Mile in 4:09.46

By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly

NEW YORK -- The third and final day of New Balance Indoor Nationals came to a close here today, with one meet record falling in the distance disciplines. Camas, Wash.,...

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Dozen Greatest Moments of Alexa Efraimson’s High School Career

August 28, 2014

Includes 4:32 Mile at 2014 Millrose Games, 2013 World Youth Championships 1500m bronze medal and 4:07 metric Mile

By Brandon Miles,

Just as we were starting to get excited to see what Alexa Efraimson could possibly do to top her historic first three years of high school,...

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Cranny, Efraimson Clash Set for adidas Grand Prix

May 09, 2014

#1 and #2 in U.S. at 1500m to meet in Dream Mile on June 14

NEW YORK -  Elise Cranny and Alexa Efraimson will go head to head at the adidas Grand Prix on June 14 in the biggest matchup the adidas Girls’ Dream Mile has seen since it began in 2010, organizers have announced.

Tickets for the...

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Alexa Efraimson: The Next Big Thing

April 10, 2014

"The Mile is the ultimate race because it is a combination of strength, endurance, power and speed."

By Brandon Miles, MileSplit

As part of our coverage of the adidas Golden Stripes Tour, Alexa Efraimson was visited for a video feature in the early stages of her junior season of outdoor track...

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A Scintillating Match-Up at Millrose: Mary Cain Versus Alexa Efraimson

February 12, 2014

What to expect when the two teens meet in the elite women’s Wanamaker Mile on Saturday.

By Marc Bloom, Running Times

Anyone who watched Mary Cain win the New Balance 1000m in Boston last Saturday has to wonder what Alexa Efraimson was thinking about that performance. Efraimson will be making...

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