Westford’s Megan Frazee takes third at New Balance Nationals – Lowell Sun
It’s one thing to become a high school All-American in a sport, but that level of difficultly is escalated even more when you’re one of the top three pentathlon athletes in the entire country.
This past weekend, Westford Academy senior Megan Frazee competed in five different events – about 45 minutes part from one another – compiling 3,212 total points and finished third out of 10 competitors at the New Balance High School National Track-and-Field Meet held at the Armory.
Frazee finished behind Maddie Potts of Victory, New York, and Reese Sanders of Fishers, Indiana and they all earned All-American status.
“It was an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said the future UMass-Amherst competitor. “Being able to compete with girls at that high of a level was so much fun and the competition itself was amazing. New Balance put on a fantastic meet and the dramatic entrance into our final event in the Pentathlon – running between two rows of giant sparklers – was definitely a moment I will never forget.”
After putting down some breakfast in the car ride from the hotel to the track, things started out strong for Frazee in her first event, the 60-meter hurdles. She finished in second place with a time of 9.16 seconds.
“I was pleased with my hurdles time as I placed just 0.02 seconds behind first,” she said. “We moved onto long jump and shot put which were not as good as I would have liked, but still kept me in a good place on the leaderboard. Throughout the whole meet I refused to look at the scoreboard because I do not like to focus on my points, but rather just one event at a time.”
Frazee placed second in the long jump (17-09), was fourth in the high jump (5-1) and eighth in the shot put (27-7). She had one event left, the 800-meter run.
“Before the 800-meter race, we were introduced formally to the entire facility and projected live onto the big screen,” she said. “This was a very cool experience and got some adrenaline pumping for my race. My goal in the 800 was to go out hard the first lap and then just hold on as best as I could for the last three laps.”
She ended up taking fifth with an overall time of 2:36.62.
“After I finished (the race), I had no idea where I stood on the leaderboard,” said Frazee. “I ran over to the section where my coach (Ashley Smith) was and she looked at me with a huge smile and said ‘Congrats Meg, you’re an All-American’ and then gave me a hug. I did not know I got third place until my parents told me, which was pretty cool. I still can’t process being an All-American. I am so thankful to all my coaches for pushing me to get to this point.”
Throughout the five events, Frazee admitted that she was getting fatigued, especially with her legs, but that didn’t stop her quest of reaching that elite status.
“By the end of the day, my legs were getting more tired just waiting around,” she said. “I had a few minor strains and aches, as any runner does by the end of their season, so throughout the meet I made sure to roll out my legs and hydrate well along with eating my meet go-to, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My coaches made sure to keep me upbeat and relaxed during the meet which also helped me stay alert and ready for the next event while waiting. I also was trying my best to stay as happy as possible, as the best results in my opinion come when you’re less stressed and more relaxed.”
The third-place finish at the Nationals caps off an incredible winter season for Frazee. At the Dual County League Championship Meet, she was first in the 55-meter hurdles and long jump, and took third in the shot put. At the Division 1 Eastern Mass Meet, she again was first in the long jump, while taking second in the hurdles and sixth in the high jump. At the All-States, she was first in the hurdles, second in the long jump and third in the high jump. She went on to take second in the state pentathlon and now third in the country in the pentathlon.
“My goal was to be an All-American, so I tried to stay focused on each event and made sure I didn’t sit down too long to let my legs get tired,” she said. “The other girls competing were very friendly and talking to them throughout the day kept me more awake, so it was nice to make some new friends. I am already excited for the outdoor season and hope to see the girls I competed against at Outdoor Nationals as well.”