The old rule of etiquette, often cited more in the breach than in action in today’s culture, had a different meaning last weekend for female track and field athletes from local high schools.
Chapel Hill won the high school girls team championship at the two-day Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays, while Carrboro set a meet record (9:32.30) in winning the girls 4x800 meters relay and also won the distance medley relay with a time of 12:38.76 in an ultra-strong field.
Chapel Hill led Carrboro’s 4x800 team of Amanda Hickey, Natalie Richardson, Helen Morken and Maysa Araba by more than 2 seconds after three laps, but Araba ran a breath-taking final leg of 2:13.78 -- the fastest 800 meters so far this year by any N.C. girl – to take first.
“We were just pushed to do well by the great competition here,” Araba said. “We didn’t know about the record until after the race.”
“It was a blast,” Morken said. “If you just go for the win in a race like this, the time will come.”
Chapel Hill’s Madi Marvin, Katherine Dokhoylan, Anna Passannante and Marija Crook were second in the 4xx800 in 9:41.08, which also bettered the meet’s previous record.
Carrboro’s Araba, Amy Carpenter, Hickey and Morken won the DMR by more than 6 seconds over Cardinal Gibbons.
Magnus Herweyer was a double-winner for Carrboro with a pair of marks that ranked in the state’s top 10 numbers for high school throwers as of last weekend. Herweyer won the shot put with a mark of 49 feet, 10 inches, and the discus with his throw of 153 feet, 1.5 inches.
Tyasha Hollomon was the lone Tiger to take an individual first place, winning the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8.25 inches, but Chapel Hill picked up points in just about every girls running event offered Friday and Saturday at the meet on the University of North Carolina’s Belk Track. The meet featured high school events interspersed among collegiate track and field events.
Chapel Hill took second in the girls 4x1600 meters with a team of Milly Ames, Reagan Roeber, Elise Matera and Maeve Gualtieri-Reed. The Tigers also got points from their girls 4x100 (Mariah Jacob, Quanience Fish, Kelly Funes, Karina Goco) and 4x200 Jessi Symczak, Goco, Erica Johnson, Passannante) relays.
Araba ran in both of Carrboro’s winning relays and finished second in what was perhaps the meet’s premier high school event – the girls 1-mile run.
Running unattached Saturday, Ravenscroft senior Ryen Frazier blew away the field in the girls mile with her meet-record 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.
Frazier, Durham Academy’s Eliza Dekker and Sophie Ebihara of Cardinal Gibbons broke away from the field of 14 runners Saturday within the first 200 meters, and after two laps Frazier was all alone down the backstretch.
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.
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).
Chapel Hill accumulated 38 points in the Carolina Relays’ girls meet, edging out Carrboro, with 34. Southeast Raleigh – which has won three N.C. High School Athletics Association state 4A championships in girls track and field over the past 10 years – finished third with 28 points.
Chapel Hill’s chief rival in the Big Eight Conference, Cardinal Gibbons, had 24 points to tie Raleigh Broughton for fifth place in the girls’ standings.
Apex won the boys’ title with 37 points, followed by Broughton (34) and Southeast Raleigh (28). Carrboro, Panther Creek and Southeast Guilford all scored 20 points to tie for fourth place, while Chapel Hill (15) was alone in seventh.
Cardinal Gibbons (13) ended up ninth in the boys’ standings and East Chapel Hill (11), which entered only a couple of events, was 10th.
Most of East’s points came from its third place finish in the boys 4x1600 relay – run by a team of James Gildard, Tucker Owens, Clayton Waters and Connor McDonald – and a fourth in the 4x800 by McDonald, John Johnson, Ruben Sharp and Gildard.