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Wesley Frazier shines in Raleigh Relays’ 3,200

Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier won the 3,200 meters Friday night at the Raleigh Relays in one of the fastest high school girls races ever in the state while Cary Academy’s Thomas Graham ran the fastest 5,000 meters by a high school student this year and moved among the 15 fastest American high school runners ever at the distance .

Frazier posted a 10:21.84 in the 3,200. Her time is well off her career best of 10:07.31 in last summer’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals, but she led a field at N.C. State that included 10 runners who finished under 11:00.

Millbrook’s Samantha George, an N.C. State recruit, was second with a 10:33.05, which moved her to No. 8 on the ncpreptrack.com’s all-time North Carolina list. Kaitlyn Krame of Charlotte Kell (10:40.13), Sydney Foreman of Kell (10:43.90) and Broughton’s Megan Sullivan (10:46.04) ran times that place them Nos. 10, 11 and 12 on the career list. Eliza Decker of Durham Academy (10:47.19) climbed to No. 15 on the all-time list..

Graham’s 14:11.66 in a race against collegiate runners is the nation’s best this year by a high school runner. Graham is now on the all-time top 15 list.

In the boys high school 3,200, Jacob Spears of Panther Creek won in 9:11.51. Thirteen runners broke 9:30, including Chapel Hill’s Mitch McLeod (9:17.17) and Stephen Mulherin of Durham Science & Math (9:19.63).

Gibbons tennis: Cardinal Gibbons played some of the top high school boys tennis teams in the country last weekend during the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships in Louisville, Kentucky and finished 10th in the 16-team event.

The Crusaders, the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A dual-team champion, lost to Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy 5-4; beat Edmond (Okla.) North 5-4; beat Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School 8-1 and lost to Winston-Salem Reynolds, 5-2.

Reynolds is the top-ranked 4A team in the state and Gibbons is on top in 3A. Crusader freshman Matt Galush was 4-0 in the tournament at No. 4 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Daly and Killian Steer, were 3-1, including a win over the Reynolds’ Chad Hoskins and Oliver Otero.

Roberts at State: Former Broughton High distance runner Sandy Roberts, a six-time NCHSAA champion, is competing at N.C. State as a graduate student. Roberts was a two-time all-Big East selection at Georgetown before graduating in 2010.

Berrios sparkles: Sophomore Braxton Berrios of Leesville Road was a standout at the Rivals.com North Carolina elite 100 football workouts on Sunday at Charlotte Mallard Creek High.

“While he lacks height and great speed, if you put the ball in his vicinity, he will come down with it,” said Mike Farrell of Rivals. “He made the most acrobatic plays of the event and had at least three catches that had everyone shaking their heads.”

Berrios was a starting wide receiver for the Pride in 2011, but moved to quarterback late in the season after senior Austin Berrios, his brother, was injured.

Braxton Berrios rushed for 245 yards and passed for 157 yards in a 42-21 playoff loss to Garner.

Rivals football rankings: The top ranked junior high school football player in the state on the rivals.com list is Charlotte Mallard Creek wide receiver Marquez North (6-foot-3, 205 pounds, No. 24 in the country).

Other top 100 juniors are Matthews Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayl (6-2, 220, No. 62) and Charlotte Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant (6-1, 203, No. 95).

Also among the top 250 are Hope Mills defensive end Greg Gilmore; Mallard Creek defensive back Brian Walker (who has committed to North Carolina); Albemarle offensive lineman R.J. Prince (North Carolina); Mathews Butler wide receiver Uriah LeMay; Wakefield quarterback Connor Mitch; and defensive end Nazair Jones of Roanoke Rapids.

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