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Katelyn Tuohy, 16, announces interest in 2020 Olympics

Katelyn Tuohy is one of the most dominant cross-country runners in American history and at 16 years-old has set her sights on the 2020 US Olympic trials

Katelyn Tuohy has completed a dominant cross-country season. The high school junior finished another undefeated season at Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday and announced her intent to focus on qualifying for the 2020 US Olympic trials. 

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Post-race Tuohy told Runnerspace, “I think that’s my main focus right now. Everything I do is impacted by my decision to want to make it to the Olympic trials. That’s definitely my big picture goal for the future.”

She continued, “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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Tuohy is only 16-years-old but she will be 18 by the time 2020 rolls around. This is young for a runner to try and make an Olympic team, especially in a distance like the 5,000m, but not unheard of. Newly signed New Balance Athlete Sydney McLaughlin had a similarly stunning high school career and made the 2016 Olympic team at only 16-years-old, and turned 17 just before the games. 

In the meantime, Tuohy plans to take a quick break from running to heal an aggravated knee, and then return to training. She hopes to come back to NXN as a senior and win the race for a third time.