To say Ryen Frazier has had an easy time winning her races this weekend would be a huge understatement.
For the second day in a row the N.C. State-bound Ravenscroft alumna blew away the field in a distance race at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track & Field meet.
Frazier left the field after the first lap to run a 10:07.16 in the two-mile, beating Libby Davidson of Lynchburg, Va., by 17 seconds on an intermittently rainy Saturday that was the second day of the three-day meet at Aggie Stadium.
Frazier said after the race she was undecided as to whether or not she will defend her title in the mile on Sunday at 2:25 p.m.
Carrboro’s rising junior Magnus Herweyer won the Emerging Elite division in the shot on Saturday with a personal best put of 56-8 1/2, nine inches better than his closest competitor.
Joining Frazier as All-Americans from Wake County were the bronze medal-winning girls’ shuttle hurdle relay from the Junior Striders Track & Field Club, as well as pole vaulter Anna Eaton from Kinesis Dynamic Athletic Club who tied for fifth.
Frazier had given a handful of fans a similar treat in the 5,000 Friday in a race that started at close to midnight, flying to a 16:20.72 to run away from Erin Dietz (16:38.17) of Bedford, Mass., who was 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The meet record of 15:55.94 was set by her sister Wesley – who will also compete for the Wolfpack in the fall after transferring from Duke – as a part of her own triple in this meet two years ago.
“I enjoy this distance and it’s something I hadn’t raced in a while,” Frazier said. “It’s mostly been miles. The race started with a super-slow time and I didn’t want to run so much slower than the girls racing in Seattle (at the Brooks PR Invitational) this weekend. So I kind of had to put myself out there. When I’m that far ahead I just think about having good form and not slowing down.”
Frazier ran the fastest mile ever by a North Carolina high school girl on June 13 at the Adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile in New York.
She was second in that New York race, running 4:38 behind only Christina Aragon (Billings, Mont. at 4:37.91) to record the 10th fastest time ever from an American high school girl.
According to NCmilesplit.com, Ryen Frazier holds the records for a North Carolina high school girl in 5,000-meter cross country, indoors at 1,600, 3,200, and 5,000, and outdoors at 1,600.
“I never want to say I’m running for sure and then disappoint every one,” she said. “I love running the mile. It is nice to go from 5K to two-mile to mile.”
Herweyer, the state 2A champion in shot and discus as well as the regional wrestling champion at 285, won the championship on his final attempt of the day.
“I didn’t sign up for the shot until late because I was concentrating on the discus,” said Herweyer, who was competing for Carrboro Track Club. “I hadn’t done too much practice – maybe 10 throws about a week ago. But after my first warmup throw my second was my (personal record). And I won it on my last throw. I don’t think I had ever done that.”
Eaton, who flew a personal best 13-3 1/2, is a three-time state 4A champion from Apex High who will compete for North Carolina’s Tar Heels next season. She was fourth at the New Balance Indoor meet at 13-0 1/4.
“I was feeling confident all day,” said Eaton, a former youth gymnast who turned to pole-vaulting in high school. “I had good practices all season, and this has been like a fairy-tale ending.”
The Junior Striders, comprised of four girls from Wakefield High, were bronze medalists in the shuttle hurdle relay in a time of 1:00.19 despite running the event for only the second time.
Erikah Lawson ran the first leg, followed by Dasia Sanders, Leona Medley and Breanne Bygrave.
Sanders, the only Wakefield graduate while the others are rising seniors, will run for Hampton next season.
“It’s great to be an All-American!” Sanders said with a smile.
Southeast Raleigh’s Jordan Gary, competing for Bulldog Track Club, finished seventh in the freshman girls’ triple jump (for rising sophomores) with a 36-0 3/4 performance that was five inches better than the meet record going into the day.