GREENSBORO — Wesley Frazier was icing down her legs in the car on the way to picking up a post-race meal at Subway following Thursdays girls 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track & Field championships at N.C. A&T State Universitys Aggie Stadium.
Frazier, a rising senior at Ravenscroft, was none too pleased with her finish albeit third place in a race she won a year ago.
Subway and ice yielded redemption Friday, as Frazier claimed top honors in the two-mile run in 10:13.43.
Put your hands together for Wesley Frazier, the meet announcer exclaimed over the stadiums public address system after the awards ceremony. She knows how to close, this gal.
Frazier held off runner-up Natalie Shields (Salt Lake City, 10:14.16), who was even with one lap remaining.
I had a good kick, and I just felt great at the end, Frazier said.
Ive just got to hang on until its over, Frazier explained as her last lap mentality. And then, I just saw my opportunity.
Frazier, third in the two-mile in 2011, is commuting back and forth daily. She will seek to become a repeat winner in the mile run today, and also will compete in the distance medley relay. The events starts are separated by less than 30 minutes.
So, how about more Subway and ice?
I wont have time to do that, Frazier said. Im going to have to be staying right here at the start.
In the boys two-mile run, Cary Academy graduate Thomas Graham earned silver in 8:56.56 behind Edward Cheserek (Newark, N.J., 8:55.12).
Graham, bound for Stanford, knew he would have his hands full with Cheserek the national cross-country champion with U.S. records to his credit.
I just wanted to be within striking distance of him, Graham said. I just wanted to be right on his shoulder as much as possible so I could cover that move.
Im a little disappointed that the first mile was so slow, but Im really happy with how I closed.
The two-mile run was Grahams high school finale. Graham is entered in Saturdays one-mile, but he said he will not run.
Granville Central graduate Tevin Hester the N.C. High School Athletic Association and News & Observer Male Athlete of the Year, won the 100-meter dash in 10.5 seconds. A quartet from Knightdale (Kimani Hoffman, DaQuan Smalls, Marquavious Johnson and Joseph Horton) earned gold in the boys 4x200 relay (1:27.4).