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Weekend recap: Katelyn Tuohy makes collegiate debut, 10K madness in California

The track season continued its thrilling start in 2021, producing more memorable races and historic results this past weekend

Running fans were treated to a number of big meets and fast performances this past weekend. With the Camel City Invitational in North Carolina, the final meet of the American Track League (ATL) series in Arkansas and 10,000m runs at The Ten in California, the weekend was packed with competitions. Here are the top runs from each of these meets in another weekend recap.

Camel City Invitational

Competing at the first meet of her collegiate career, North Carolina State University’s Katelyn Tuohy ran twice over the weekend. Tuohy, who is coming off an incredible high school career, started the weekend with a 1,200m run in a distance medley relay. The NC State team finished in second place, clocking a time of 11:15.90, and Tuohy posted a 3:25 split over 1,200m, which works out to about a 2:52 kilometre (her 1,000m PB is 2:48.77).

She raced again on Saturday, this time in the 3,000m. Tuohy is the American high school record holder in the 3K, with a PB of 9:01.81. Unfortunately, she was far off that mark over the weekend, running to a ninth-place finish in 9:19.67.

Canada’s Ben Flanagan also raced at the Camel City Invitational, competing in the men’s 3,000m. He stopped the clock in 7:55.44, crossing the line in fifth place and finishing five seconds behind Craig Nowak, who won the race in 7:50.89.

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Full results from the Camel City Invitational can be found here.

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American Track League

The final event of the ATL calendar featured a variety of races, but the main action came in the 200m races. Multiple Olympic and world championship medallist Allyson Felix opened her season with runs in the 60m and 200m. She finished in second in the 60m in 7.28 seconds and won the 200m, crossing the line in 22.59.

Felix runs at Sunday’s ATL meet in Fayetteville, Ark. Photo: American Track League

This is a personal best for Felix, topping her previous indoor 200m record of 23.14, which she ran in 2003. It’s also third all-time in the American indoor 200m rankings, proving that, at the age of 35, Felix has still got what it takes to win.

In the boy’s 200m, 17-year-old Jaylen Slade ran away with the win in a blazing-fast 20.62 seconds. This is a world age group record for 17-year-old boys, and it is also the American high school indoor 200m record. Noah Lyles, the reigning 200m world champion, owned the previous high school record of 20.63, which Slade just barely managed to better.

Full results from the ATL meet can be seen here.

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The Ten

The Ten, a two-race meet in California, saw 10 runners (five men and five women) hit Olympic standard in the 10,000m. In the women’s race, Elise Cranny grabbed the win in 30:47.42, finishing just ahead of Bowerman Track Club teammate Karissa Schweizer, who crossed the line in 30:47.99. Third place went to Eilish McColgan, who posted a time of 30:58.94.

Each of these times are PBs for the top three women, and they’re all historic results, too. For Cranny and Schweizer, both of whom are American, they climbed to third and fourth in the all-time national ranks, behind only Shalane Flanagan (second American all-time in 30:22.22) and Molly Huddle (who owns the American record of 30:13.17). McColgan finished less than two seconds off the Scottish 10,000m record of 30:57.07, which her mother, Liz McColgan, set in 1991. She is also now fifth all-time among athletes representing Great Britain.

McColgan’s fellow Brit Marc Scott took the win in the men’s race, posting a PB of 27:10.41. This is the second-fastest 10,000m result in British history, and Scott is now only behind Mo Farah and his 26:46.57 national record. Grant Fischer finished in second in 27:11.29, just ahead of Woody Kincaid‘s 27:12.78. Both Fischer and Kincaid also ran PBs at The Ten, and they now rank fifth- and sixth-fastest in American history.

For full results from The Ten, click here.

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