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Prep notebook: Ryen Frazier breaks sister’s NC cross country mark

Southeast’s Dylan Parham runs for tough yardage during the Clayton High School football game against Southeast Raleigh High School, Saturday in Raleigh,
Southeast’s Dylan Parham runs for tough yardage during the Clayton High School football game against Southeast Raleigh High School, Saturday in Raleigh, newsobserver.com

Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier ran what is believed to be the fastest girls’ high school cross country time ever in North Carolina last weekend in the N.C. State 3 Stripe Invitational at the WakeMed course in Cary.

Frazier ran in 16 minutes, 44.27 seconds and is believed to be the first N.C. girl to complete a 5-kilometer course under 17 minutes.

Wesley Frazier, Ryen’s older sister, ran 17:05 on a relatively flat course in Wilmington at the Seahawk Invitational in 2009.

“I am thrilled that Ryen broke the state record by over 20 seconds.” Wesley Frazier said. “The WakeMed course isn’t an easy course either. My previous record was run on a very flat course so her accomplishment is even more impressive. I can’t wait to see what other records she will break this year.”

Courses and conditions vary so comparing times is less decisive than in track, but Ryen Frazier’s performance was remarkable.

“Arguably, it makes her the best ever,” said Jeff George of NCRunners.com. “The problem with that is the absence of much in the way of cross country times for the Shea sisters (Julie and Mary) during their high school years.

“Cross country wasn’t a sport for girls then, and the distances were far from standardized. The idea of ‘No. 1 all time’ doesn’t hold much water in cross country due to variations in course length and difficulty, but Ryen has as much claim as anybody.

“She is the first N.C. girl ever to break 17 minutes in cross country, as far as I can tell, and she did by 16 seconds. She dropped a full 20 seconds off her older sister’s time.”

Frazier ran unattached (not part of a team) against a field that was primarily college runners. Frazier finished 48 seconds ahead of Duke’s Madison Granger, who won the college division with a 17:33.07.

According to NCrunners.com, Frazier is the second high school girl to run under 17 minutes on the WakeMed course. New York’s Aisling Cuffe ran a 16:40.9 on the course in 2010 while winning the Great American Festival.

Cuffe later won the Foot Locker Nationals that year.

The Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional will held Nov. 20 at the McAlpine Park in Charlotte. Qualifiers there can go to the Foot Locker Nationals on Dec. 13 in San Diego.

Parham to Wolfpack: Southeast Raleigh junior quarterback Dylan Parham committed to N.C. State this week. Parham, 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, passed for 1,773 yards during the Bulldogs’ 4-7 season.

Parham grew up a fan of N.C. State, where his father went to school.

“I love the atmosphere and the fan base,” Parham said. “I like coach (Dave) Doeren a lot. He is easy to relate to. And my father convinced me that State, which has three quarterbacks starting in the NFL, would be a very good fit for me.”

He had been a defensive back until his freshman year at Southeast. He started at quarterback after the first few games of his sophomore year and started throughout the 2014 season.

He is ranked among the top juniors in North Carolina.

Dudley appeal: Greensboro Dudley (10-0), the 2013 state 4A football champion and the No. 1 seed in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A West, is appealing an NCHSAA ruling that the Panthers cannot participate in the playoffs because they used ineligible players in the final regular-season game and must forfeit the game.

The school district released a statement acknowledging the school used ineligible players: “Guilford County Schools reported four ineligible players to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Monday, Nov. 10. All four players dressed out for the Dudley High varsity football game against Southeast High on Friday, Nov.  7. One of the players actually played in the game, which Dudley won 50-21.”

The players had participated in Dudley’s junior varsity game on Nov. 6 and were ineligible to play in the varsity game. The forfeit would affect Dudley’s record and its seeding in the playoffs.

NCHSAA rules state “the team shall not participate in playoffs if, after the brackets have been finalized, forfeited contests cause an adjustment in its record and seed.”

Jamestown Ragsdale, 6-5 and the No. 16 seed, is expected to advance to the second round if the appeal is denied.

Cheerleading: The 12th annual NCHSAA state invitational cheerleading championship on Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center is expected to have 133 teams competing in 12 categories. The competition begins at 9 a.m., and is expected to include 2,346 cheerleaders.

The team that earns the highest cumulative score among varsity teams during the invitational wins the Carolina Cup.

Cardinal Gibbons won the Carolina Cup in 2007 and 2012. Among the other winners have been Middle Creek (2013), Millbrook (2009) and Sanderson (2005).

Soccer rankings: High Point Wesleyan (21-0-1) is No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Colorado Springs (Colo.) Air Academy (20-0-0) is No. 1.

Tennis honor: Sanderson High girls’ tennis coach Joe Messiano was named the N.C. high school coach of the year by the N.C. Tennis Association.

Wakefield’s Bo Boyden was selected as the boys’ high school player of the year and his family, including parents Scott and Pamela Boyden, was recognized as the family of the year. Bo Boyden was the boys 4A high school singles champion and his sister Susanne Boyden has won the girls 4A high school title the last two years.

Make-A-Wish: The Wake Forest High boys soccer team raised $4,800 for the Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina and the Vs. Cancer Foundation. The donation was raised from ticket sales and raffles.

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