Broughton's Megan Sullivan was one of several North Carolina athletes to receive national recognition the last few weeks.
As North Carolina distance runners continue to make waves nationally with great performances, the national running community has responded by honoring our state's athletes with meet invitations and awards. Take a look at some of the recognition that has come in from around the country over the past few weeks:
Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year Awards
Every year, Gatorade names a Player of the Year for each sport they recognize, which is drawn from a pool of state Players of the Year. This year they chose Bakri Abushouk (Cary) and Megan Sullivan (Broughton) as North Carolina's honorees, and those two join an illustrious group of past winners.
Brooks PR Invitational
Once again, Bakri Abushouk makes the cut; word is that he will run the 2-Mile in the Seattle meet that has become very important nationally. He is not the only one, though, as Wesley Frazier is scheduled to run the Mile and the 2-Mile (it remains to be seen whether she chooses to compete in both or is just keeping her options open). Mollie Williams (Clayton) also received a coveted "Golden Ticket" for this meet, as she will compete in the 60m Hurdles.
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
The first stage of USA Track & Field's Championship Series, this meet is primarily for professionals but does include a Junior Mile (for athletes under 20). Wesley and Ryen Frazier have both secured invitations for that race which will be held in Boston on February 2nd.