8th Grader Ryann Aycock Clocks 5:07, 11:13 For State Titles


Ryann Aycock after a 3rd place finish at the Jungle Run

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8th grader Ryann Aycock of Cary Christian School won the first of what looks to be many NCISAA State Championships over her career.  

The middle schooler had run 2:30, 5:14 and 11:06 so far this season across the three distance events.  A year ago she was 12th, 10th and 7th across the 800m, 1600m and 3200m as a 7th grader.  

Aycock had success in cross country this fall where she ran 18:48 at the Jungle Run and took 4th at the NCISAA 3A State Championships.

Aycock's state championship would begin on Friday night where she would run a leg on Cary Christian's 4x800m Relay which took 3rd in 10:20.16.  

She'd have to square off against two-time defending 3200m state champion Olivia Sutter (Carolina Day).  Sutter ran 11:14 for a PR a year ago to claim the 1A/2A title.  

Aycock broke the race open winning by 27 seconds and she was just off her season best of 11:06 clocking 11:13.45.  Sutter would take second ahead of Aycock's teammate Zoe Vestal running 11:40 and 11:55 respectively.  

Aycock would recover over night in the middle of the two day meet for a competitive 1600m and 800m the following day.  

She'd first battle it out with Grace Christian School's freshman Sarah Mitchell who had a seasons best of 5:23.  The two would dominate the field en route to major PRs of 5:07.96 to 5:08.02 as Aycock would edge Mitchell at the line by .06 seconds.



Aycock would then go on to take 2nd to Carolina Day freshman Erin Hovendon (Carolina Day) who ran 2:25.29 to Aycock's 2:27.71.

Overall a super impressive two days from the Cary Christian middle schooler.  5:07.96 is the fastest middle school mark we can find for the 1600m ahead of Charlotte Bell's (Cuthbertson MS) 5:12.64 from the NCRunners Middle School Elite Invitational earlier this year.  Her 11:06 3200m PR is also the fastest we can find in middle school history.

A new star is certainly upon us on the North Carolina distance side!


Related Links:

NCISAA Division II Results

North Carolina Middle School 1600m Rankings

North Carolina Middle School 3200m Rankings

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