Frazier, Providence Day squads pace NCISAA 3A field

CorrespondentMay 18, 2013 

— Ravenscroft senior runner Wesley Frazier closed out her high school track career Saturday afternoon with another performance that is going make her standards harder to match.

With the NCISAA 3A track and field state finals being held at her home track, the Duke-bound running machine set the state record in her final event, the 800-meters.

She won the 3,200 Friday afternoon, also in record time, knocking an amazing 30 seconds off her previous state record. Her time of 10 minutes, 0.43 seconds was over a minute faster than second-place Emma Brown of Providence Day. She also won the 1,600 Saturday.

Frazier ended her career by winning the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 all four years she was in high school and also holds NCISAA state records for each.

“Could she do anything else for us?” Ravenscroft coach Shon Hardy asked. “Maybe clone herself so we’ll have her next year. She’s been everything you could imagine as an athlete.”

Frazier, who admitted she started the 800 with the state record in her mind, said she enjoys the team aspect of high school athletics, compared to running individually in events.

“It’s definitely more fun, there’s more support from teammates and you are trying to score points and all,” Frazier said. “Finishing at Ravenscroft is kind of bittersweet. I’m going to miss the atmosphere of this team and all, but I’m excited to go to Duke and help them do things.”

Her efforts helped the Ravens’ girls to their fourth straight second-place finish.

But no school could catch Providence Day’s girls or boys. Providence’s boys won with a total team effort, without taking a single first place in the meet. The Providence girls followed the lead of record-setting freshman Anna Cockrell. Cockrell, whose brother Ross plays football at Duke, won both hurdles events with record-setting times, won the 100, and was on the winning 4x100 relay team. The Ravenscroft boys also took second place.

“Two seconds is good,” Hardy said. “With the girls doing it four years in a row we’re blessed to have a mini-dynasty and for the boys, second is a nice improvement.”

Also taking first for the Ravens girls were Margaret Edwards in the high jump and Kathleen Brandes in the pole vault.

“That was Margaret’s second state championship, she’s really blossomed the last two years,” Hardy said. “And Kathleen is kind of an upset, because she’s a sophomore and this is her first year in the event. Also, Cameron Castleberry didn’t win an event, but she took third in the 100, second in the 200, and second in the long jump. She’s going to Carolina to play soccer, but ran track this spring, and without these three we wouldn’t have finished second.”

Ravens junior Greg Harper won the long jump and triple jump, and junior Josh McCoy captured pole vault and high jump.

Other local girls teams included Durham Academy, which finished third, Cary Academy fourth, and North Raleigh Christian ninth.

For the boys, North Raleigh Christian took fifth, Cary eighth, and Durham 12th.

Durham got a first in the discus and second in the shot put from Betsy Wiener, and three seconds and a first in the 200 from freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell.

Cary sophomore Jonathan Avery won the 100 and the Chargers’ 4x800 relay team of Abby Staker, Morgan Goetz, Emma Astriker-Davis, and Hanna Goetz also captured a title.

“Jonathan had a slow start, but he has great top-end speed and caught those guys from behind,” Cary Academy coach Conrad Hall said. “The girls had a great performance, we knew that’s what it would take, with personal bests.”

North Raleigh Christian got a first from sophomore Ryan Speer in the 800 and Speer anchored the Knights’ record-setting 4x800 relay team, with Tyler Hatton, Ty Seymour, and Blanton Smith.

“Our goal was go under eight minutes and that was the state record,” North Raleigh coach Alan Young said. “All four of our guys had personal bests on their splits so everything went right.”

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