Ravenscroft junior Ryen Frazier wins national high school mile title

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 16, 2014 

Ravenscroft junior Ryen Frazier crosses the finish line after winning the 1600 Meter Finals during the NCISAA 3A State Track and Field Championship at Ravenscroft on May 17 in Raleigh.

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Ravenscroft junior Ryen Frazier broke away from a pack of contenders in the final meters to win the national high school championship in the girls’ mile run Sunday at the New Balance Nationals at N. C. A&T in Greensboro.

Frazier finished in 4 minutes, 46.39 seconds to nip Rachel Coleman of Northville, Mich., a University of Michigan recruit who was second at 4:47.05.

“There were two girls a little in front and a little gap opened between them, and I was able to run through it,” Frazier said. “I didn’t know if I could make it and then I saw the tape. I had never seen the tape before in a national meet, and this time I got to break it.”

She still is trying to grasp that she is a high school national champion.

“It is just so incredible,” she said. “It really hasn’t sunk in.”

The mile was Frazier’s third national championship race within three days. She struggled to finish ninth in the 5,000 meters Friday (17:15.4) and was fourth in the 2-mile Saturday (10:25.12).

“I had not planned to run the 2-mile, but I ran so poorly in the 5,000 that I decided to do it,” Frazier said. “I went out too fast in the 5,000 and just didn’t handle the race well. I wanted to run another race so I wouldn’t be thinking about the 5,000. In the 2-mile, I handled the pace much better. I didn’t panic.”

Frazier said she didn’t think about racing on three consecutive days.

“You don’t get in a race and think about being tired or sore. You just want to run fast,” she said.

Frazier won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3,200- and 1,600-meter championships this spring and was second in the 800. She is the sister of former national champion Wesley Frazier, who is at Duke.

“I am lucky to have Wesley as my sister,” Ryen Frazier said. “You have to experience some things yourself to learn, but she talks racing with me and that helps. I am doing the exact same workouts that she did, so I know they lead to good things.”

Wesley Frazier ran the fastest high school times in the girls’ 1,600 and 3,200 in state history. The Shea sisters, Julie and Mary, hold the second and third spots on the all-time North Carolina list and Ryen now is fourth in both distances.

“It is neat that the sisters are all in the top four,” Ryen Frazier said. “Now I want to get to work and possibly threaten Wesley’s times.”

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