Ravenscroft sophomore sets 5K record

STAFF WRITERJune 17, 2011 

Wesley Frazier, girls cross-country runner of the year.

COURTESY OF WESLEY FRAZIER

Wesley Frazier of Raleigh won the 5,000 meters high school national championship Thursday while running the fastest time ever by an American high school sophomore girl.

Frazier ran a 16:24.83 at North Carolina A&T University to claim the New Balance Nationals title. The Ravenscroft sophomore won by more than 17 seconds over Erin Finn of West Bloomfield, Mich.

The fastest time by a sophomore girl had been 16:31.20 by Julia Stamps of Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1995.

Ryen Frazier, Wesley's younger sister, finished 13th in the nationals with a time of 17:59.17.

Earlier this year, Wesley Frazier set N.C. Independent School Athletic Association records in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, running faster than any North Carolina high school girl in more than 30 years. She also was the NCISAA 800 meters.

Frazier is expected to run in the mile and two-mile races in the New Balance Nationals as the meet continues Friday and Saturday.

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