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.
Katelyn Tuohy has been absolutely dominating.
– She's won 19 cross country races in a row
– 13 of those were won by over a minute
– 2 state championships
– 1 national championship
– Fastest 5k on a course, 16:06
– 6 course records
– She's only a junior in high school pic.twitter.com/K4XCj2XJWe
— Cross Country Probs (@CrossProb) November 26, 2018
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.
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.