Track Preview 2020: Top 4A Girls Distance Runners

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

For the most part, this spring is going to be very familiar to those who kept an eye on the high school track and field world last year. With a two-time state champion returning, along with more incredibly talented individuals, the 4A girls distance runners bring tons of excitement to the track. Let's meet them.

Emma Arceo, Kamiak

Emma Arceo. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

It's unfortunate Emma Arceo wasn't able to make it to the state track meet last spring as a freshman after the incredible success she had due to a difficult district she had to compete in. Like most athletes, Arceo ran her personal best marks at the final meet of the year at districts running 5:03.03 in the 1,600 meter and 11:13.7 in the 3,200 meter. She also ran 2:21.8 for the 800 meter as well. Arceo was a 15th place finisher at the 4A state cross meet running a time of 18:44.7, just 14 seconds off her personal best mark. After a year of being under the wing of her former teammates and now collegiate runners, Leah Clark (Emory College) and Alicia Anderson (Gonzaga), Arceo is in the drivers seat to continue Kamiak's success of outstanding distance runners.

Ella Borsheim, Bellarmine Prep

Ella Borsheim. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Like Arceo, Ella Borsheim is a great talent and is only going to a be sophomore this coming track season. After winning the 4A state cross title her freshman year, Borsheim continued her success in the spring where she placed second and third at the 4A state track meet in the 800 (2:12.93) and 1,600 (4:57.01, PR) meter races. She ran the 3,200 meter in a personal best mark of 11:00.23. After track concluded, Borsheim traveled down to Portland, Oregon for a Track Festival and ran a personal best time of 2:11.09 in the 800. This last fall, Borsheim finished in 16th at the state cross meet. Borsheim is my early season favorite to win the 800 meter state final.

Julia David-Smith, Issaquah

Julia David-Smith (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

In the last year, Julia David-Smith has had the most success out of any runner in the state of Washington, both boy or girl. And as far as times, she is up there among the nations elite runners. This past cross season, David-Smith claimed the 4A individual title after placing as the runner-up the year before. She also earned All-American honors after her 18th place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland. David-Smith won the 4A 1,600 and 3,200 meter state races last spring running personal best times of 4:50.35 and 10:21.15. Also ran an 800 meter personal best time of 2:13.01. Probably her best race of the season was down at the Nike Twilight Relays in Portland as she was third in the mile running a personal best time of 4:49.17. If David-Smith were to triple at the state meet this season, that would be incredible and I would think she would have plenty of success. My early season favorite to win the 1,600 and 3,200 state finals.

Lili Hargreaves, Redmond

Lili Hargreaves. Photo from Redmond Reporter.

Lili Hargreaves was the leader of the first ever state girl's cross country championship team in Redmond history this last fall as she placed ninth overall individually running a time of 18:36.6. Sophomore track was great for her as she qualified for the 4A state meet in two events. Ran personal best times at the state meet running 5:05.42 placing eighth in the 1,600 meter and 10:53.79 placing fourth in the 3,200 meter. A tough runner and someone willing to do anything for her team to be successful, Hargreaves made huge strides from last spring to fall to get herself in the conversation of top distance runners in the state.