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U.S. phenom Katelyn Tuohy continues to dominate in NCAA

Tuohy has won both of her NCAA XC races this season, and is the favourite for the NCAA championship in November

Photo by: NC State Wolfpack Athletics

Katelyn Tuohy, who was one of the fastest high school runners in U.S. history, has continued her dominance at the NCAA level with N.C. State University, winning both races she’s completed this fall, including a win at the prestigious Nuttycombe Invitational in Wisconsin on Oct. 14.

Tuohy ran away from the field with less than a mile to go to win the women’s 6 km in 19:44, five seconds ahead of her North Carolina State teammate Kelsey Chmiel.

Wisconsin’s Nuttycombe Invitational is one of the biggest races of the NCAA season and is widely considered the deepest field outside of the NCAA XC Championships. Last year, Vancouver’s Ceili McCabe of West Virginia University won the women’s 6K race in 19:57. McCabe and the rest of the WVU team competed at the Penn State XC Open on the same date, where she won the women’s 6K in a time of 20:00.8.

Ceili McCabe of WVU leading the way at the 2021 Nuttycombe Invitational Photo: West Virginia Athletics

A month away from NCAA XC Championship in Stillwater, Okla., Tuohy and her top-ranked N.C. State team are both the favourites to win the NCAA XC title.

The third-year student won her first NCAA title last spring at the 2022 NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 5,000m.

Tuohy was a sensational high school athlete, setting a U.S. high school 5K record of 16:06.87 in 2018 and winning the Gatorade Athlete of the Year for XC three of her four high school years. She is the only athlete in any sport to accomplish this. 

Gracelyn Larkin of Rosseau, Ont., who competes for New Mexico State University, was the top Canadian finisher at the Nuttycombe Invite, finishing ninth overall in 20:06. Over the summer, Larkin made her senior Team Canada debut in the 5,000m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Grace Fetherstonhaugh, who also ran for Canada at worlds in the 3,000m steeplechase, finished five spots behind Larkin for 14th. Montreal’s Simone Plourde, who runs for the University of Utah, was the third Canadian athlete to cross the finish line, in 22nd place.

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