Boys Elite Recap
Although with the cold temperature the times from last year weren't as fast overall up front, it ended up still being the deepest field in meet history with 63 boys under the 10 minute barrier, and many PRs amongst the field. Tanis Baldwin, Philip Hall, Kyle Christ, Kenny Kneisel, Nick Linder, and Zach Boone were the six that broke away and were towards the front of the field during the race. The goal was to break or run close to the 9 minute mark, but with no one wanting to take it out during the early stages of the race it hindered that barrier from being broken, Tanis Baldwin lead through the mile in 4:40 as the six had begun to break away from the rest of the field. As leaders saw that the pace was slow things started to pick up a bit as the lead went back and forth amongst the leaders and the pace began to quicken. As they neared the last lap all six athletes looked to be in contention for the win. But Baldwin had the most left in the tank and was able to hold off Boone and Christ as they tried to hold on from behind. Even in the cold weather Baldwin was able to earn a new PR of 9:10 along his win amongst an elite field. Coming in second was Boone followed by Christ who ran 9:12 and 9:13 respectively, a 15 second PR for Christ. Back to back fantastic races from Mount Tabor's Kneisel helped him earn a 30 second PR and finish 4th in 9:15. We can expect great things to come from this Junior this track season. Right beside Kneisel was Linder who was able to come close to his PR on a cold day and run 9:15 as well. We will see these guys next at Footlocker South or NXN Southeast where they hope to advance as individuals, or where tops teams such as Broughton, Mount Tabor, South View, Cardinal Gibbons, and Weddington hope to possibly bring a team to the national meet, which hasn't been done from a North Carolina team since Broughton in 2008.
Girls Elite Recap
We knew Ryen Frazier was in great shape from her 16:44 at WakeMed last week, but we were able to see her break away from some of the best girls in the state to run 10:12, a new PR and a meet record by 32 seconds! The pace here early was also slow as Frazier and Malia Ellington led the first lap in 85 seconds, which is a slow pace for most of the runners in this field. After that Frazier started taking over the pace and about three laps in she began to create a gap over the field as she went through the mile in 5:10. Following Frazier was Elly Henes, Grace Sullivan, and Ellington as they came through in 5:17 as they too were on pace to take down the previous meet record held by Megan Sullivan. Frazier looked to want to be a little faster at the mile and really began to pick it up the next lap, as a negative split looked certain. Her lead over Henes, who was able to break away from the chase pack, continued to increase every lap. Frazier ran her last mile in 5:02, to run 10:12 in cold conditions. I'd be surprised if she didn't break the 10 minute mark before track season ended. Henes was able to finish second as she ran 10:41, also was under the previous meet record. Making up tons of ground over the last mile was Blair Ramsey who was tremendous on the track last season. She was able to reel in Sullivan and Ellington to run 10:44 and better her PR by 6 seconds. Grace Sullivan finished 4th, followed by Maysa Araba, Malia Ellington, and Sophie Ebihara, as they all broke 11 minutes. We look to see Frazier next at either Footlocker South or NXN where she seems sure to be contending for a Nationals spot. Green Hope and Cardinal Gibbons girls should also be contenders for an NXN qualifying spot.