State history is made with NC's fastest 3200m fields ever.
Photos courtesy of Milesplit.US photographers at NIN & NSIC
(Photo by Chris Watters)
Fast times were produced on a cool and rainy evening at NC State for the high school 3200 meter races held in the midst of the Raleigh Relays college meet on Friday night. Leading the Virginian participants were Jamestown senior Colin Mearns and Landstown senior Stephanie Frenchik placing third each in arguably the greatest 3200 meter fields ever assembled for a high school meet in the state of North Carolina. Mearns, only two weeks removed from his national title in the mile at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, finished five seconds off the surprise winner Isaac Presson of Asheville (9:00.87) with an 8 second PR of 9:05.03 and just behind Foot Locker finalist Blake Williams of Northern Durham for second place. With his early season performance, Mearns can realistically start thinking about a sub 9 minute time this season which would add him to a very short list of past Virginians to have ran under the time. Frenchik (pictured right by Ryan Kelly), a recruit for Indiana University, took an even bigger chunk off her previous best by 22 seconds with her time on Friday of 10:37.01. An All-American and state runner-up this past indoor season, Frenchik's opening performance to the 2010 outdoor season is the fastest 3200 meter time ever recorded by a girls' distance runner from the Eastern Region with Hickory's Jennifer Boyd as the previous fastest all-time at 10:46. Also running well in the same race with Frenchik and competing on her future home track at NC State was Mountain View senior Kaitlyn Davis, who dropped her all-time best to 10:44.32 with her 5th place effort. Davis, a state champion as a junior indoors in the 3200 meter run and state champion in cross country this past fall, had been stuck in the 10:50's for two years before her breakthrough run in front of her future college coachces and teammates this weekend. Raleigh Relays Boys 3200 Results Raleigh Relays Girls 3200 Results National Elites (33)
Presson of Asheville runs 9:00 for a 14 second PR and a new US #1.
Race was won by Wesley Frazier in 10:22. US #1 and NC #3 All-Time.
Two outstanding high school 3200 meter fields are set for Friday at the Raleigh Relays which feature several of Virginia's top distance runners. NSIC mile champion Colin Mearns of Jamestown will be looking to achieve a 3200 PR two weeks after dropping 7 seconds off his mile PR at the indoor nationals against virtually all of North Carolina's top distance harriers including Nike Indoor Nationals 2 mile runner-up (9:02) and Foot Locker All-American Jake Hurysz of Eastern Alamance (NC). In the girls' race, 3A state cross country champion Kaitlyn Davis of Mountain View and NSIC mile All-American Stephanie Frenchik of Landstown with PR's just under 11 minutes for 3200, look to run significantly under in a stellar field with a loaded field headlined by Foot Locker All-American freshmen Wesley Frazier of North Carolina and three girls with 1600 bests right under or at 5 minutes from the homestate in Carolyn Baskir, Samantha George, and Laura Hoer. Lee-Davis High School will have their trio of state caliber runners in Bonny Turnage, Stephanie Cario, and Amanda Lineberry also competing together at 3200 meters for the first time ever. The race is held at NC State University's outdoor track facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. Girls race at 7:05 PM on Friday with the boys to follow at 7:20 PM. Boys Preview (NCRunners.com) Girls Preview (NCRunners.com)
Won by Isaac Presson of Asheville in 9:00. US #1 and NC #7 All-Time.
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