Ryen Frazier capped off a weekend trifecta with a dominating performance in the girls’ mile Sunday at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track & Field meet.
Frazier, a Ravenscroft alumna who will head to N.C. State in the fall, blew away the field with a 4:45.23 mile to add to the 5,000-meter and two-mile championships she grabbed earlier in the weekend.
“I was just so happy,” said Frazier, who was named a co-MVP of the meet. “I’ve never really smiled across the finish line. My race pictures are always disgusting, but after I crossed I was definitely smiling.”
Wesley Frazier, Ryen’s older sister, was in attendance as Ryen crossed the finish line. The elder Frazier, the only other person to win all three events at the New Balance meet, plans to transfer from Duke and join Ryen at N.C. State in the fall.
“It’s crazy. She’s always been my role model for running,” Ryen Frazier said. “It’s kinda cool to repeat what she did, and I know she’s really proud. It just made the weekend that much better.”
Frazier won the 5,000 on Friday with a time of 16:20.72, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She cruised by 17 seconds in the two-mile, finishing in 10:07.16.
In other action, Sydnei Murphy, formerly of Apex High, finished third in the girls’ long jump with a personal-best 20-41/4. The winner, Kate Hall of Maine, set a national record with a jump of 22-5.
“It’s my last meet, my last event. It’s perfect,” said Murphy, who will attend Duke in the fall. “It was the most fun losing I have ever had.”
Murphy was recently named the N&O’s female athlete of the year.