Ravenscroft's Frazier sets state 3,200 record

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 1, 2013 

Ravenscroft senior Wesley Frazier ran the fastest 3,200 meters ever by a North Carolina high school girl Friday night during a special race as part of N.C. State’s Raleigh Relays.

Frazier won with a time of 9 minutes, 57.7 seconds to become the first North Carolina high school girl ever to run the distance in under 10 minutes. Frazier moved past Mary Shea of Cardinal Gibbons, who set the then-national high school record of 10 minutes flat in 1979.

Dennis Cullen, the track coach at Durham Academy, put Frazier’s time in perspective by noting former winning times in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championships.

The NCISAA girls 3,200 title was won eight of 10 times between 2000 and 2009 with times 11:28 or slower. Frazier won with an 11:03.9 as a freshman, set the NCISAA record with a 10:30.91 as a sophomore and won last year with a 10:37.8.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association record in the girls 3,200 is 10:46.08 by Anna McBride of Davie County in 2011 and the national record recognized by Track & Field News is 9:48.59 by Kim Mortensen in 1996.

Durham Academy’s Eliza Dekker was third in the Raleigh Relays race with a 10:38.67, breaking the school record by nine seconds.

Eleven North Carolina girls were under 11 minutes in the race, including Mary Grace Doggett of Cardinal Gibbons (10:43.24), Pegah Kamrani of East Chapel Hill (10:45.56), Sophie Ebihard of Gibbons (10:48.92) and Rebekah Greengrass of Panther Creek (10:50.23).

Cary High’s Bakri Abushouk competed as an unattached runner in the college 5,000 and ran a time of 14:34.44, the second-fastest North Carolina high school time ever in the distance.

Signing: North Raleigh Christian senior Georgia Brown has signed to play basketball at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. Brown was an all-conference pick in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference and was named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association all-state team..

Hough falls: Cornelius Hough, the 2012 girls 4A soccer champion and the top team in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A rankings, lost to Lake Norman 3-2 on Thursday.

The setback probably opens the door for Green Hope (12-0) to move to the top place in the NCSCA 4A rankings although Lake Norman (11-0) might leap over the Falcons into the top spot.

Cardinal Gibbons (8-0-1) is on top of the state 3A poll. Carrboro (8-1-1) is No. 1 in 2A and Raleigh Charter (10-0-0) is No. 1 in 1A.

Green Hope currently is ranked No. 1 in the country in the Elite Soccer Rankings.

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