Katelyn Tuohy has had a great 2018 cross-country season. The high school junior won Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday, setting her third course record of the season in 16:37.70, breaking her own course record by just under 10 seconds. Tuohy becomes only the second woman to win repeat NXN titles.
Last weekend, she cruised to victory at Baldwin Park in New York to win the New York Regional Cross-Country Championship. Her win there automatically qualified her for NXN.
The high school junior out of New York has dominated the trails this fall. She broke the Suffolk County Invitational course record on Long Island in mid-October. Tuohy ran 16:52.97, taking down the former record, which was held by Stanford alumnus Aisling Cuffe. by a whopping 53 seconds.
Course record for Katelyn Tuohy at #NXN!
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The run came three weeks removed from her performance in Rhode Island, where she set what is believed to be the American national high school girls’ cross-country record, running 16:06.87 for 5K, which is the standard distance for her age group. She was named the USATF athlete of the week following her performance in Rhode Island.
Nike Cross Nationals is comprised of eight qualifying regions. It admits 22 seven-person clubs and an additional 50 individuals, both male and female.
The grade 11 student’s amazing cross-country season follows equally dominant indoor and outdoor track seasons. Tuohy ran an indoor national record for her age division in the 5,000m, finishing in 15:37.12. Outdoors, the runner also ran a 3,200m high school national record, finishing in 9:47.88.
Tuohy won the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award for 2017-2018, and the high school runner is showing no signs of slowing down. Tuohy is the first-ever winner of Gatorade national honours in two separate sports (in her case, track and field and cross-country).