Wesley Frazier makes history with national titles in mile, 2-mile and 5,000 meters

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 17, 2013 

Recent Ravenscroft School graduate Wesley Frazier became the first girl to ever win the mile, two-mile and 5,000-meters in the same high school national championship meet last weekend when she came from behind on consecutive days to claim the titles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro.

Frazier was the only runner in the field to attempt the three races and ran against the nation’s best high school distance runners in each race.

“Mostly today I just feel tired,” Frazier said Monday. “I really haven’t had time to process. Mostly, I am tired and worn out.”

Frazier won national titles in the mile and the 5,000 meters in 2011 and she won the 5,000 and the 2-mile in 2012. But three straight titles in three straight days was difficult, even for the 18-time high school all-American.

“I went into the meet with the idea of seeing how I felt after each one,” she said. “I felt good after the 5,000 and pretty good after the 2-mile, although I was sore. I didn’t feel very good before the mile and really didn’t know how much I had left.”

The Duke University recruit went head-to-head with Erin Finn of Bloomfield, Mich., on Friday in the 5,000. Finn went out fast, but Frazier never trailed by more than four seconds and slowly closed in and took the lead with about a kilometer to go.

Frazier’s 15:55.94 was a meet record and the first time a high school girls had broken 16 minutes in the national championship race. Frazier holds the national high school record in the event. Finn was second in 16:17.89.

“I thought it might come down to Erin and me, the race was definitely played up that way, but I wasn’t ruling out anyone,” Frazier said. “I felt pretty good the entire race.”

Frazier successfully defended her national 2-mile title on Saturday, defeating Annie Heffernan of Cincinnati, 10:07.35 to 10:13.58, with another finishing kick that no one else could match..

Frazier also pulled away from the field on the final lap of the mile run on Sunday to finish in 4:39.66, almost 10 seconds head of second-place Josette Norris of New Jersey.

“Warming up on Sunday I felt really tired,” she said. “I was sore. But when I got to the line I didn’t think about the other two races. I felt pretty good about halfway, but I didn’t know how strong I’d finish.”

Frazier said she doesn’t spend time contemplating her accomplishments, including 15 N.C. Independent School Athletic Association state titles, state records in the 1,600 and 3,200, eight national championships, the national record in the 5,000 and the 2013 Dream Mile title..

“I really don’t think it has sunk in yet. I just wanted to run well and try to win my races,” Frazier said

Frazier said she has never been more fit. She has grown in the last year and she said it has taken some time to adjust to her new strength.

The national championships were her last races for a while. She is going to take some time off this week with the exception of 20-minute daily workouts before beginning to train for Duke’s cross country season.

“The meet really was a great way to end my high school career,” she said.

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