Wesley Frazier makes history with national titles in mile, 2-mile and 5,000 meters

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 24, 2013 

Wesley Frazier, 17, ran her way into numerous record books in the past four years. Frazier says consistency has been key in her growth and success in the sport. Here she is photographed at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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Recent Ravenscroft School graduate Wesley Frazier became the first girl to win the mile, two-mile and 5,000 meters in the same high school national championship meet last weekend when she came from behind on consecutive days to claim the titles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro.

Frazier was the only runner in the field to attempt the three races and ran against the nation’s best high school distance runners in each one.

“Mostly today I just feel tired,” Frazier said Monday. “I really haven’t had time to process. Mostly, I am tired and worn out.”

Frazier won national titles in the mile and the 5,000 meters during 2011 and she won the 5,000 and the 2-mile last year. But three titles in three straight days was difficult, even for the 18-time high school all-American.

“I went into the meet with the idea of seeing how I felt after each one,” she said. “I felt good after the 5,000 and pretty good after the 2-mile, although I was sore. I didn’t feel very good before the mile and really didn’t know how much I had left.”

The Duke recruit went head-to-head Friday with Erin Finn of Bloomfield, Mich., in the 5,000. Finn went out fast, but Frazier never trailed by more than four seconds and took the lead with about a kilometer to go.

Frazier’s 15 minutes, 55.94 seconds was a meet record and the first time a high school girl had broken 16 minutes in the national championship race. Frazier holds the national high school record in the event. Finn was second in 16:17.89.

“I thought it might come down to Erin and me – the race was definitely played up that way – but I wasn’t ruling out anyone,” Frazier said. “I felt pretty good the entire race.”

Frazier successfully defended her national 2-mile title Saturday, defeating Annie Heffernan of Cincinnati, 10:07.35 to 10:13.58, with another finishing kick that no one else could match.

Frazier also pulled away from the field on the final lap of the mile Sunday to finish in 4:39.66, almost 10 seconds ahead of second-place Josette Norris of New Jersey.

“Warming up on Sunday I felt really tired,” she said. “I was sore. But when I got to the line I didn’t think about the other two races. I felt pretty good about halfway, but I didn’t know how strong I’d finish.”

Frazier said she doesn’t spend time contemplating her accomplishments, including 15 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association titles, state records in the 1,600 and 3,200, eight national championships, the national record in the 5,000 and the 2013 Dream Mile title.

“I really don’t think it has sunk in yet. I just wanted to run well and try to win my races,” she said

Frazier said she has never been more fit.

She has grown in the past year and she said it has taken some time to adjust to her new strength.

The national championships were her last races for a while. She is going to take some time off this week with the exception of 20-minute daily workouts before beginning to train for Duke’s cross country season.

“The meet really was a great way to end my high school career,” she said.

Frazier was also named the N.C. Gatorade winner for girls’ track and field last week for the second consecutive year.

It was her third Gatorade title, as she also won the N.C. girls’ cross country award in 2009-10.

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