2. Katelyn Tuohy
School: North Rockland (Thiells, New York)
Sport: Cross Country, Track and Field
Events: 1,500, 3,000, 3,200
Katelyn Tuohy’s accomplishments on the track are among the best in the history of the sport – and she still has one more year to go.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of everything the young runner has done on the track, but some notable records:
- 2017: In the Manhattan Invitational Cross Country Invitational, she ran a 13:21.80 on the 4-kilometer course, breaking the course record by 32 seconds. She won this race by 95 seconds.
- At the Virginia Showcase in January 2018, the then-15-year-old ran the indoor 5,000 in 15:37.12. She won the race, beating the runner-up by more than two minutes, broke the high school record by 18.63 seconds (15:55.75) and broke the U-20 U.S. girls junior record by 5.69 seconds (15:42.81).
- June 2018: Ran a mile at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Track & Field championships in 4:33.87, which broke the record set 36 years prior – 1982 – by 1.37 seconds. She won the 2018 race by 15 seconds.
- At the Sander Invitational in Jan. 2019, she broke the 3K record with a time of 9:01.81 (previous record: 9:04.51 in 2013). She finished third in the race against professionals.
- In 2018, broke her own Nike Cross Nationals record in the 5k by almost seven seconds, finishing with a time of 16:37.80.
- In March 2019, broke the New Balance Outdoor Nationals two-mile record by more than five seconds with a time of 9:51.05
Tuohy was the first runner to win both the Gatorade national awards for Cross Country and Track and Field athlete of the year in 2017-2018, and was the Gatorade Girls Athlete of the Year that year.
She missed part of the second semester last season due to fatigue and some stress with classwork, according to LoHud, but she’s still on track to run the qualifiers for the Olympic Trials.
“I kind of need a down year if I want to accomplish what I want next year,” Tuohy told the outlet.