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 Ebihara 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.
Broughton’s William Roberson placed fourth with a time of 9:12.5. His Broughton teammates Asher Smith-Rose (9:19.7) and Allen Lawrence (9:27.95) finished 11th and 17th, respectively.
Nick Tyrey of Cardinal Gibbons (9:28.1) followed in the 18th spot, and Grant Rodgers of Heritage High finished 30th in 10:07.68.
The Spartans lost, 3-1, to Oxford Webb in the semifinals of the inaugural tournament on Thursday.
Green Hope beat Webb for the invitational championship.
The Spartans dropped their first outing in Greenville, an 8-6 loss to D.H. Conley, but then topped North Lenoir, 12-8.
Sanderson was scheduled to play Southern Wayne in the spring break tournament on Tuesday.
Heritage won its final game of the tournament, 6-4, over West Craven on Saturday after losing both games Friday, falling 9-2 to Havelock and 10-7 against Eastern Wayne.
Despite dominating the Cap Eight with its ongoing 141-game win streak in conference play, the Cougars have struggled in the postseason. Head coach Doug Kinsman hopes nonconference games like this week’s will help prepare his team for playoff competition.