Katelyn Tuohy added to her long list of impressive high school accomplishments by breaking Mary Cain’s high school 3,000m record on Saturday at the Dr. Sander Invitational in New York City.
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Raced the pros for the first time today! I just missed my goal of sub 9:00 but had a great time getting my feet wet and seeing what it’s like racing the big dogs! Today was a learning experience and I am so thankful for having this opportunity. Also big shout out to @dandan398 for doubling back from the mile to pace the race. #nrxc #nationalrecord 📸 John Meore
Tuohy ran in her first professional field, taking down several pro and collegiate-level women to finish third in 9:01.81. Cain’s former record was held at 9:04.51.
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Hey everybody! I want to open up a bit about where I’ve been. These past couple of years I have been caught in an injury cycle – caught in that constant push to get back into form, and wouldn’t give my body the time it needed to recover or build the appropriate amount of base to race at a high level. It is said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, and that’s certainly what I’ve been doing. This build up is going to be different. I will give my body the full time and care it deserves and enjoy the process. I also will start sharing more of my journey – being open on social media will help keep me accountable to both myself and the running community. This summer I have gotten to know the local, NYC running scene more and realize how helpful it is to be apart of an open running community, where we share with each other the ups and downs of the journey. So to everyone starting a new school year, training cycle, or to those already knee-deep in both, let’s go and #justdoit
On Instagram, Tuohy admitted she was just shy of her goal of sub-9:00, but that she “had a great time getting my feet wet and seeing what it’s like racing the big dogs! Today was a learning experience and I am so thankful for having this opportunity.” Brooks runner Amanda Eccleston took the win in 8:56.68, followed by Heather Kampf in 8:56.87. Canadian Danielle Jossinet of Guelph finished in a new personal best and U Sports second-place ranking of 9:19.93.
Cain achieved huge stardom as a high schooler for breaking many records and qualifying for the 2013 World Championships at only 17. Tuohy has also broken countless course records, and in the fall she became only the second woman to win two consecutive Nike Cross Nationals titles.
Tuohy has expressed interest in targeting the 2020 Olympic trials. She said post-NXN in November, “I think that’s my main focus right now. Everything I do is impacted by my decision to want to make it to the Olympic trials. That’s definitely my big picture goal for the future.” She continued, “I think I’m more of a 5K runner because of my stride, but I also love the 3,000m and 1,500m. Unfortunately there’s no 3,000m at the trials so I think the 5K is my best shot right now.” The qualifying standard for the trials was 15:25:00 for the 5,000m in 2016.