State Records Fall and National Titles Come Home: NC at NBNI

After setting two All-Time Records and winning her second national title, Ryen Frazier lost the mile - to Nevada Mareno, giving NC a 1-2 sweep.

What more can North Carolina's athletes do? On the heels of indoor national championships by Isaiah Moore and Trentavis Cherry last March, the Old North State will be bringing home 3 more titles this year, not to mention a bunch of new state records and even more All-Americans. New Balance Nationals Indoor was a roaring success for our boys and girls, who seem to become more at home in the Armory in New York City every year. When you consider that two of this year's three champions will return next year, it feels like this run of excellence has a good chance of continuing. Let's break down the biggest highlights, and then check out all the performances at the bottom!

North Carolina is a Distance Power

Everyone knew coming into this meet that Ryen Frazier would be in contention in every race she ran. After all, she was the runner-up at Foot Locker Nationals, and she led the nation in the mile all winter, even moving onto the US Top 10 All-Time list. Frazier started the weekend off with an incredible duel against the same girl that had defeated her in San Diego, Anna Rohrer. Time and again Ryen challenged, and time and again Rohrer responded, until the cross country national champ was able to pull away by just a few seconds. Rohrer had to run a national record to beat Frazier, and the Ravenscroft senior's time of 16:12.81 falls at US #3 All-Time. It is also a North Carolina All-Time Record, giving Ryen two of the three (cross country and indoor, her sister Wesley still owns the outdoor 5K record).

That incredible effort had to take a lot out of Frazier; fortunately, she had Saturday off to recover, then came back for two races Sunday. First was the 2 Mile, and Ryen looked unaffected by her 5K as she steadily pulled away to earn her second national championship (she won the mile last June in Greensboro). Her time of 10:02.86 moves her up to US #5 All-Time and set her fourth North Carolina All-Time Record, and it was only 5 seconds shy of Wesley's outdoor record at the same distance.

Finally, the mile came around - Ryen's favorite event, it seems, but also a short turn-around from the 2-Mile in the curious NBNI schedule that compresses three distance races into Sunday's schedule. The race devolved into a 3-girl breakaway, with Stephanie Jenks leading early, followed closely by Frazier and Nevada Mareno. Jenks fell off the pace late, leaving the two NC girls to duke it out, and in the end it was Mareno out-kicking Frazier on the final lap to take the win. Nevada ran 4:43.23, rocketing all the way up to NC #2 All-Time, while Ryen had to fight off a late charge from Danielle Jones to finish second. Mareno is a sophomore, and the scary thing is that she probably has not reached her full potential yet. North Carolina now has 9 indoor and outdoor national titles in the girls' distance races over the last 3 years, although (to be fair) 8 of those belong to girls named Frazier.

It wasn't just the girls putting up big times, either - Philip Hall (South View) ran 9:06.90 in the 2 Mile, moving him up to NC #5 All-Time as well as US #7 this season, although he missed out on All-American status by 1 place.

Skip to the bottom to see all the distance performances by NC athletes at NBNI!

North Carolina is a Sprints & Hurdles Power

Anna Cockrell was saving something after all. The Providence Day junior tied the North Carolina All-Time Record with an 8.35 in the prelims, then broke it by running 8.32 in the semifinals. That was all a prelude, however, to her showdown with national leader Sydney McLaughlin in the final. Though Cockrell did not come away with the win, she did rise to the occasion, dropping a stunning 8.21 that crushed the old state record and also makes her the 5th-fastest performer in US history in that event. The meet had an FAT camera set up at the 55 mark, and her time of 7.64 is also a North Carolina All-Time Record by a huge margin (and would make her the 6th-fastest performer ever at that distance).

Two other NC athletes matched Cockrell's runner-up performance. Layla White (Cary) finished 2nd in the 400 with a time of 54.60, and Katlin Sherman (Parkland) clocked 24.05 NC #5 All-Time while taking the silver in the 200. It was a rough day for our boys, though, as none made the finals of any sprint or hurdles race.

Skip to the bottom to see all the sprint/hurdle performances by NC athletes at NBNI!

North Carolina is a Relay Power

Parkland's girls got their first taste of what a national championship feels like in June, when they won their signature race, the 4x200. Since then, they have wanted nothing more than to add an indoor win to their outdoor title, and they brought that dream to fruition Sunday. It wasn't their fastest race of the year - that was the US #1 NC #2 All-Time US #8 All-Time 1:37.75 they ran in the prelims Saturday. That doesn't matter one little bit, though, because the Mustangs are wearing the gold medals on their trip home. For the second straight day, Ebony Williams clocked a sub-24 anchor leg, and that took its toll when she had to run the hurdles not long after. I suspect that doesn't matter much, either, as the main goal of the indoor season was accomplished.

We did have one warning that Nevada Mareno was getting ready to do something special in the Mile. Taking the baton in 4th place during the fastest section of the girls 4x800, she dropped a 2:07.60 split - the fastest run by any leg of any team in the race. That powered Leesville Road to a 2nd-place finish and a North Carolina All-Time Record of 9:03.63, destroying the previous record by 15 seconds. Soccer season is already underway for Mareno, but this weekend has to give her some serious food for thought in regards to her future in running.

Two other squads joined the Mustangs and Pride among the ranks of the All-Americans. Green Hope's boys ran 3:31.02 in the opening race of the 1600 sprint medley, then had to wait through 3 more sections to find out that they had finished 6th overall. In similar fashion, Wakefield's girls clocked a season-best 3:50.95 NC #1 in the 4x400's third section, then had to sweat two more races before winding up in 5th place.

Skip to the bottom to see all the relay performances by NC athletes at NBNI!

North Carolina is a Field Events Power

Sydnei Murphy (Apex) actually had a bit of a rough meet, at least up until her final event. She jumped 19' 1.5" to finish 4th in the long jump, which is a good result but not the 20-foot jump that she still hopes to get. She made the semifinals of the 60 Dash and had a great start there, but couldn't seem to find her top gear and did not make the finals. She was able to shake off that disappointment, however, and produce a tremendous result in what has become her best event, the triple jump. Her mark of 42' 0.75" earned her second place, but more importantly it was a North Carolina All-Time Record.

Several other NC athletes had All-American performances over the three days of the meet. Christopher Garrick (Marvin Ridge) finished 6th in the high jump, clearing 6' 9.5". Anna Eaton (Apex) cleared 13' 0.75" to finish 4th in the pole vault,

And while Marcus Abraham (Victory Christian) finished 9th in the shot put, he did move up to NC #5 All-Time with his 59' 1.25" mark.

All North Carolina Performances from NBNI


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Elite Performances

Girls (94)
60mF 1 5th7.67Charminiqu HackneyCary
60mp 2 1st7.68Charminiqu HackneyCary
60mp 1 9th7.57Sydnei MurphyApex
60mp 2 12th7.60Katlin ShermanParkland
60mp 4 21st7.67Gabriele CunninghamMallard Creek
60mp 5 37th7.82Lauren WhiteCarolina Elite Track Club
60ms 1 10th7.58Gabriele CunninghamMallard Creek
60ms 2 16th7.61Katlin ShermanParkland
60ms 1 17th7.62Sydnei MurphyApex
200mF 2 1st24.40Charla WardRagsdale
200mF 2 3rd24.05Katlin ShermanParkland
200mF 2 4th25.02Lauren WhiteCarolina Elite Track Club
200mF 1 5th25.10Miaysha BryantParkland
200mp 2 1st24.46Charla WardRagsdale
200mp 5 2nd24.89Lauren WhiteCarolina Elite Track Club
200mp 6 2nd24.06Katlin ShermanParkland
200mp 4 5th25.01Miaysha BryantParkland
200mp 7 15th24.63Ebony WilliamsParkland
400mF 2 2nd54.60Layla WhiteCary
400mF 7 5th57.24Lakeisha WarnerCary
400mF 4 11th59.95Mariah AtwaterRocky River High School
400mF 4 12th58.16Kristoni BarnesWake Forest
400mF 4 15th58.48Asya MaconSoutheast Raleigh
400mF 2 17th58.56Lydia GambleDurham School of the Arts
400mF 5 19th58.78Kleo TorresSoutheast Raleigh
400mp 3 2nd54.95Layla WhiteCary
400mp 2 13th56.52McKinley McNeillParkland
400mp 5 26th57.65Tia RobinsonWakefield
400mp 3 35th58.98Erin MorrisonParkland
800mF 3 2nd2:12.76Malia EllingtonCommunity School of Davidson
800mF 3 25th2:22.32Maddie McHughHough, William A
MileF 3 1st4:43.23Nevada MarenoLeesville Road
MileF 3 2nd4:44.48Ryen FrazierRavenscroft School
MileF 3 8th4:53.48Malia EllingtonCommunity School of Davidson
2MileF 2 1st10:02.86Ryen FrazierUnattached (NC)
2MileF 2 10th10:38.92Elly HenesGreen Hope
2MileF 1 23rd11:21.14Sophie EbiharaCardinal Gibbons
2MileF 1 26th11:22.60Alexa KingMarvin Ridge
5000mF 2 2nd16:12.81Ryen FrazierRavenscroft School
5000mF 2 10th17:23.54Caroline YarbroughPage
5000mF 1 12th17:50.48Lily AndersonT.C. Roberson
5000mF 2 14th18:03.86Rebekah GreengrassPanther Creek
5000mF 1 19th18:31.49Theresa EnrightGreen Hope
60HF 1 2nd8.21Anna CockrellProvidence Day School
60HF 1 6th8.52Gabriele CunninghamMallard Creek
60HF 1 7th8.94Cathy JacksonSanderson
60Hp 3 3rd8.35Anna CockrellProvidence Day School
60Hp 3 6th8.94Cathy JacksonSanderson
60Hp 3 7th8.58Gabriele CunninghamMallard Creek
60Hp 2 8th8.61Ebony WilliamsParkland
60Hp 3 13th9.08Amaka AwuruonyeOlympic
60Hp 5 13th8.70Ariel DavisPlatinum Sports
60Hp 1 19th8.79Kylie McmillanSouthern Guilford
60Hp 5 20th8.81Breanne BygraveWakefield
60Hs 1 2nd8.32Anna CockrellProvidence Day School
60Hs 2 4th8.52Ebony WilliamsParkland
60Hs 3 5th8.56Gabriele CunninghamMallard Creek
60Hs 3 13th8.70Ariel DavisPlatinum Sports
60Hs 3 14th8.72Kylie McmillanSouthern Guilford
60Hs 2 22nd8.97Breanne BygraveWakefield
4x55SHRF 6 8th34.43Wakefield
4x200mF 1 1st1:38.10Parkland
4x200mF 4 19th1:45.47Wakefield
4x200mF 2 20th1:45.62Olympic
4x200mF 4 21st1:45.65Southeast Raleigh
4x200mp 3 1st1:37.75Parkland
4x200mp 6 8th1:39.69Cary
4x200mp 4 15th1:41.72Wakefield
4x400mF 3 5th3:50.95Wakefield
4x400mF 6 7th4:00.16Cary
4x400mF 2 8th4:01.71Southeast Raleigh
4x400mF 1 23rd4:00.56Rocky River High School
4x400mF 4 26th4:04.59Parkland
SMRF 4 1st4:08.10Cary
SMRF 4 10th4:19.30Wakefield
4x800mF 2 2nd9:03.63Leesville Road
4x800mF 1 16th9:24.15Cary
DMRF 2 16th12:25.93Green Hope
DMRF 1 21st12:32.51Robbinsville
HJF 1 1st5-7.25Kenya LivingstonRocky River High School
HJF 1 16th5-4.5Elizabeth OlesenHickory Ridge
LJF 1 2nd18-7.25K'Lynn BealBroughton
LJF 1 4th19-1.5Sydnei MurphyApex
TJF 1 2nd38-8.25Imani BennettSouthern Guilford
TJF 1 2nd42-0.75Sydnei MurphyApex
TJF 1 25th37-1.75K'Lynn BealBroughton
TJF 1 32nd36-5Nateja HaleParkland
PVF 1 4th12-0.75Chesney WardRagsdale
PVF 1 4th13-0.75Anna EatonApex
PVF 1 18th12-0.75Zoe EarlyApex
WTF 1 3rd48-6.25Alycia SpringsMallard Creek
SF 1 7th45-11.25Alycia SpringsMallard Creek
SF 1 8th45-7Khayla DawsonOlympic
SF 1 23rd40-10.5Hasana ClarkSoutheast Raleigh
Boys (43)
60mF 1 5th7.02Daniel EstradaPlatinum Sports
60mp 3 14th6.95Daniel EstradaPlatinum Sports
60mp 5 19th6.98Rodney RoweClayton
60mp 3 24th7.03Chuka SoronnadiButler
60ms 1 13th6.95Daniel EstradaPlatinum Sports
60ms 3 14th6.95Rodney RoweClayton
60ms 3 22nd7.05Chuka SoronnadiButler
200mF 2 5th22.47Elliott GravesReidsville
200mp 4 4th22.29Elliott GravesReidsville
200mp 3 15th22.06Dylan PeeblesWakefield
200mp 6 16th22.76Kendell FullmoreRagsdale
200mp 1 19th22.11Michael DavenportPlatinum Sports
200mp 8 30th22.41Chuka SoronnadiButler
200mp 6 40th22.65Jayon WoodardSoutheast Raleigh
400mF 6 25th51.20Corey ThompsonEast Gaston
400mp 1 24th50.83Jayon WoodardSoutheast Raleigh
800mF 2 11th1:56.27Jayquan WilliamsSoutheast Raleigh
2MileF 2 5th9:25.22Connor LaneCardinal Gibbons
2MileF 1 7th9:06.90Philip HallSouth View
2MileF 2 21st9:26.63Tanis BaldwinEast Henderson
2MileF 2 26th9:44.25Zachary BooneConcord
60Hp 1 3rd7.94Marcus KrahHillside
60Hp 4 19th8.09Emmanuel JacksonSanderson
60Hs 2 14th7.98Emmanuel JacksonSanderson
4x200mF 5 28th1:32.66Green Hope
4x200mF 3 30th1:32.74Hopewell
4x400mF 4 13th3:26.05Southeast Raleigh
SMRF 1 6th3:31.02Green Hope
4x800mF 1 13th7:57.78Lake Norman
4x800mF 2 18th8:10.97Southeast Raleigh
4x800mF 2 24th8:19.40Marvin Ridge
4x800mF 2 24th8:13.63South View
HJF 1 2nd6-5.5Tevin QuickRagsdale
HJF 1 6th6-9.5Christopher GarrickMarvin Ridge
LJF 1 3rd22-3.5Tevin QuickRagsdale
TJF 1 10th47-8.5Darryl ShawJack Britt
TJF 1 11th47-5.25Mekhi McGuyverAsheville
PVF 1 1st15-4.25Bailey FrederickMarvin Ridge
PVF 1 3rd14-10.25Liam DixonMooresville
PVF 1 5th14-10.25Elijah ColeyMillbrook
PVF 1 9th15-4.25Tristian ShaverLedford
PVF 1 19th14-10.25Drew PedersenApex
SF 1 9th59-1.25Marcus AbrahamVictory Christian