Still digesting the incredible 5k that Katelyn Tuohy — a SOPHOMORE— dropped at the #vashowcase … Few prep girls can run a mile in five minutes, much less three of them back to back. Here Tuohy is well past the mile mark and the clock reads 4:56. She is relaxed and cruising. #amazing On her way to 15:37.12 — fastest prep girl ever. Again, a sophomore!?! #trackandfield #tracknation #track #fastgal
A high schooler from New York ran 15:37.12 for 5,000m on an indoor track smashing her age division’s American record.
Katelyn Tuohy, a sophomore (second-year of high school) from Thiells, New York lowered the national girls record by 18 seconds at the VA Showcase meet in Lynchburg, Va. According to the IAAF, the world governing body for athletics, 15:37.12 ranks her fourth in the world (among all ages) for this indoor campaign, which began in December. She’s 15.
MileSplit reports that Saturday’s race was Tuohy’s first 5K, which she ran solo as the next closest finisher was some two minutes (17:46.03) back. Her 5K time equates to 3:07 per kilometre, five times over.
The record Tuohy broke was from 2017 when Brie Oakley ran 15:55.75 for an indoor 5,000m, which is 25 laps of a standard 200m track.
Tasty Race of the week: Katelyn Tuohy destroys the national 5K HS record AND runs the No. 4 time in the world this year! pic.twitter.com/5arqdZL36R
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) January 23, 2018
Tuohy is coming off a strong cross-country season having won Nike Cross Nationals, a prestigious event in the United States.