Wesley Frazier of Ravenscroft picked up multiple medals last weekend at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor track & field championships in Greensboro.
Frazier, a rising senior, took first in the girls’ two-mile Friday with a time of 10:13.43 and third in the 5000-meter Thursday.
“Put your hands together for Wesley Frazier,” the meet announcer exclaimed over the public address system after Friday’s awards ceremony. “She knows how to close, this gal.”
Frazier held off runner-up Natalie Shields (Salt Lake City, 10:14.16), who was even with one lap remaining. “I had a good kick, and I just felt great at the end,” she said.
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“I’ve just got to hang on until it’s over,” Frazier explained as her last lap mentality. “And then, I just saw my opportunity.”
Saturday, she was back to defend her one-mile championship.
But Frazier, among the top four throughout Saturday’s race, acknowledged that fatigue from her grueling schedule finally caught up with her and she could not surpass gold medalist Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y., 4:45.84). Frazier took second in 4:48.28.
“That second mile didn’t feel as hard as the first one,” she said.
Second? Less than 30 minutes after running the one-mile, Frazier anchored a distance medley relay quartet that included fellow Ravens Ryen Frazier, Wesley’s sister, and sisters Carole and Julie Verdru. Wesley completed her 1600-meter leg in 4:48.34, moving from ninth place when she received the baton to crossing the finish line – and collapsing – in fourth.
The quartet’s collective time of 11.58.84 was .25 seconds behind Shenendehowa (N.Y.) in third.
The Fraziers helped give the Verdrus a special going-away gift, as the latter siblings were to return to Belgium Sunday. The top six finishers in each event earned all-American distinctions.
Also Saturday, Granville Central’s Tevin Hester placed third (21.22 seconds) in the boys’ 200-meter dash, and the Wakefield quartet of Ariah Graham, DeJah Jones, Tyra Lea and Tiana Patillo placed second (3:46.28) in the girls’ 4x400 relay.
Friday, Granville Central graduate Tevin Hester won the 100-meter dash in 10.5 seconds.