VIDEO: Katelyn Tuohy wins her fourth Gatorade Player of the Year title
For the 2nd 12 months in a row, record-setting highschool runner Katelyn Tuohy has been named the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Tuohy, a junior (Grade 11 pupil) at North Rockland High School in Thiells, N.Y., won the award at a small rite for friends and family in the college library this morning.
This is Tuohy’s fourth nationwide award from the Gatorade Player of the Year program (she was once final 12 months’s Track & Field winner and total Female Athlete of the Year).
The younger athlete has racked up a slew of accomplishments over the previous 12 months, maximum lately breaking the American list in the three,000m prior to now held via Mary Cain. Tuohy gained her 2nd consecutive Nike Cross Nationals championship this previous season, breaking her personal path list with a 16:37.eight end.
Tuohy additionally gained the Class A particular person state championship in 17:02.1 and completed first at the NXN New York Regional championships in 17:14. She has now not misplaced a 5K outside since 2016. She may be an lively volunteer in her neighborhood and an A pupil.
We had the alternative to talk to her via telephone after the award rite this morning.
CR: What’s your favorite pre-race meal?
KT: It’s other each time. I’m now not superstitious the place I’ve to consume the identical factor, or the rest. If the race is early in the morning, I may have an apple… if it’s in the afternoon, a sandwich or a bagel.
CR: Who are your working idols?
Shalane Flanagan after her New York Marathon efficiency, additionally Allyson Felix is coming round again after having a toddler. I truly appreciate those that have impressed the more youthful era like myself.
CR: Are you making plans to move professional proper out of highschool or follow to school?
Definitely faculty. I’m striking my schooling first, and if I will be able to get a scholarship for working… I feel that’s a greater resolution than to move professional.
CR: What are your greatest strengths as a runner?
KT: I feel how robust I’m [when] racing, like my talent to click on off even splits when racing, and my psychological toughness.
CR: Congratulations once more to your award, Katelyn.
KT: Thank you.
Tuohy has expressed an hobby in competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In December she instructed Runnerspace that even if she loves the 1,500m, she feels her highest shot is the five,000m. She showed that that’s nonetheless her plan, taking a look forward in opposition to the trials, possibly in August 2020. “The 5K is probably the event I’d be the best in, based on how I run,” Tuohy says. “My stride is definitely meant more for a 5K than a 1,500m. My PB in the 5K is closer to the standard and pro times than my PB in the 1,500m.” (In 2016, the Olympic qualifying usual for the five,000m was once 15:25:00, however the usual for the trials can be decrease. Tuohy’s indoor PB is 15:37, lately the American list.)
The Gatorade Player of the Year award has been introduced once a year since 1985, spotting the maximum elite highschool student-athletes in the US’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s awarded in 12 sports activities, together with boys’ and women’ pass nation and boys’ and women’ observe and box. It awards one National Player of the Year in every recreation. Student-athletes are decided on for exceptional athletic excellence in addition to instructional fulfillment and persona.
Tuohy will race the indoor highschool mile at the Millrose Games at the Armory observe in New York City on Saturday.
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