Running unattached Saturday, Ravenscroft senior Ryen Frazier blew away the field in the girls mile event at the Carolina Relays with her winning time of 4:47.92 – thought by meet officials to be the fastest high school girls mile in U.S. so far this year.
It was a rare repeat win for a high schooler at the Carolina Relays, where Frazier won the mile last year in 4:59.49.
Saturday, Frazier, Durham Academy’s Eliza Dekker and Sophie Ebihara of Cardinal Gibbons broke away from the field of 14 runners within the first 200 meters, and after two laps Frazier was all alone down the backstretch.
Frazier covered the first 880 yards in 2:22.94, not far off her 2014 time of 2:15.85 in winning the 800 meters in last year’s TISAC Championships. Dekker and Ebihara were more than 10 seconds back at the 880 mark.
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Carrboro’s Maysa Araba (5:06.64), last year’s NCHSAA 2A champion in the girls 1600 meters, and Mt. Pleasant’s Brittany Stanley (5:09.06) both kicked their way past Dekker (5:10.42) and Ebihara (5:11.89) for second and third place, respectively.
“I know I could have run a better race,” Ebihara said. “But I’m friends with Ryen, and it’s really fun to see her run that well.”
The nation’s fastest time before Saturday listed by athletic.net/trackandfield was a 4:51.47 run Feb. 21 by Julia Heymach of Houston (Texas) Lamar.
Frazier’s victory Saturday came one week after she ran in the National Scholastic New Balance Nationals Indoors in New York, where she won the two-mile event (10:02.86) and placed second in both the 5K (16:12) and the indoor mile (4:44.48).
The Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays, a two-day event at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Belk Track, featured high school boys’ and girls’ events interspersed among collegiate track and field events.
In the high school boys mile Saturday, Broughton’s Jeremy Brown and Connor Peeples of Cardinal Gibbons took turns trading the lead for three laps with Kenny Kneisel of Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor. Kneisel broke away over the last 300 yards to take first place in 4:17.94.
Peeples (4:19.13) ended up second and Brown (4:23.67) third, while Broughton’s William Sandlin (4:24.56) and Kyle Christ of West Johnston (4:25.76) rounded out the top five milers.