In the very loaded 3200 meter races Virginians placed well and ran very fast. This included the top four 3200 marks in the state for both boys and girls. This is the full recap how Virginians faired at this meet.
Blacksburg's Bonnie Angermeier en route to a VA #1 10:33.75 finishing her 4th
On the campus of NC State, a few Virginians made the trip and got accepted into the 3200 meter high school races as part of the Raleigh Relays. The first on the track was the girls 3200 featuring Blacksburg's Bonnie Angermeier, Jennifer Fleming, and Claire Ewing-Nelson as well as Lafayette's Adriana Hooks. Though Ryen Frazier of Ravenscroft eventually ran away to win the race in a time of 10:26.01, the Virginians did not let down and finished all inside the top 12 of the 22 girls race. Not only did these times rank #1-#4 in the state this year but they also ranked US #10, #19, #47, and #49 respectively. Leading the way for the Virginia contingent was Blacksburg's Bonnie Angermeier who ran 10:33.75 to finish in 4th. Angermeier was the 3A state champion at both 1600 and 3200 indoors. She then added to her state championships by anchoring the 4x Mile national championship relay team. Also a part of that team and running well in this race was Jennifer Fleming who finished in 6th place at 10:37.90. Next to finish for Virginia was Adrian Hooks who ran 10:49.41 to out lean Blacksburg's Claire Ewing-Nelson who ran 10:49.57. Both Hooks and Ewing-Nelson finished 11th and 12th.
Jason Menzies of Lafayette running a VA #1 and US #6 9:00.36 3200
In the next race on the track the boys continued the speedy times posting four of the top ten times in the entire country this year. Winning the race was Ian Milder of Mount Tabor running a US #1 8:33.99. Though Milder ran away with this race, there were still many impressive times, especially from the four Virginia athletes competing in the event. Leading the way for Virginia and finishing in 3rd place was Lafayette's Jason Mezies who ran a VA #1 and US #6 9:00.36. Menzies was the runner-up in both the 3A 1600 and 3200 indoors. This performances makes him the hands down favorite to win that race outdoors.
Finishing behind Menzies for Virginia and also running his way into the top eight was Andrew Goldman of Herndon at 9:11.33 which ranks hims as VA #2 this season. Goldman ran 9:19 indoors to take the 6A state title this past month. Next up for Virginia and finishing in 17th was Blacksburg's Kenneth Hagen in 9:24.68 to rank him VA #3 this season. Hagen is one of the favorites in the 3A at 800 and 1600. The final Virginia finisher was George C. Marshall's Mackenzie Haight at 9:25.66 (VA #4) just behind Hagen.
Though all these runners represent different classification levels, this meet highlights that Virginia not only has some of the best relay teams in the nation as evidenced by their stellar performance at NBIN but also has some very talented distance runnners. This meet was a great highlight and preview of this talent and what is to come moving forward into the season.
Porter Gaud's Brent Demarest finishes fifth, Spartanburg Christian's Logan Morris ninth. Race videos and photos inside.
Ian Milder, a senior distance runner from Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina impressed in front of his future college coaches and teammates as well as rolled out a US #1 time for 3200 meters in a 8:53.99 victory in the invitational high school 3200 race at the Raleigh Relays held on the grounds and track & field facility of NC State University on Friday night.
Light rain, perfect temperatures, and loaded fields - that's what made both the boys' and girls' races amazing Friday night.
Under the lights, cooler temps, loaded with talent, and surrounded by college races - no wonder the times are ridiculous every year.