Katelyn Tuohy opened her indoor season Thursday, winning the Pearl River Holiday Festival varsity girls 3,000m in 9:41.70. And she ran that time, which breaks down to 3:13 per kilometre, on a gym floor. 

She is the first ranked U.S. high school runner for the indoor 3,000m in the 2018-2019 season. Tuohy finished one of the best high school cross-country seasons in history only four weeks ago. She became the second girl to win two Nike Cross Nationals titles and broke her own course record in the process. 

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Friday’s performance is a promising start to Tuohy’s indoor track and field season. Tuohy finished  the 2017-2018 season, ranked 20th overall in the country for the indoor 3,000m running a 9:05.26. That list included almost entirely professional runners and a few collegiate athletes. She was the only high school runner to make the list. 

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The high school junior has asserted her Olympic goals. She told Runnerspace after NXN, “I think I’m more of a 5K runners 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. 

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