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.
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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.
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.
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.