Katelyn Tuohy

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Katelyn Tuohy
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Katelyn Tuohy in 2019
Personal information
Born (2002-03-18) March 18, 2002 (age 17)
New York, U.S.
ResidenceThiells, New York, U.S.
Height5'4" (1.63 m)
SportTrack and Field, Cross Country
Event(s)1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, Cross Country
TeamNorth Rockland High School
Coached byBrian Diglio
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Katelyn Tuohy (born March 18, 2002) is an American long distance runner from suburban Rockland County, New York.[1] By the 2019 indoor track season, she had won four Gatorade Player of the Year awards and was the 2018 Track and Field News High School Girls Athlete Of The Year.

Early life[edit]

At only ten years old, while running with her parents, Patrick and Denise, she was spotted as a potentially remarkable talent by her coach-to-be, Brian Diglio. She has a brother Patrick, two years older, who was also a successful cross country runner while competing for North Rockland High School. Their brother Ryan is six years younger than Katelyn.[2]


Encouraged by her family,[3] she began setting age-group records in the 7th grade, retiring marks set by earlier high school phenom Mary Cain.[2] In 2018, Tuohy's remarkable potential had fostered New York Times speculation on her future.[4] Diglio, who is also her advanced placement U.S. History teacher, has endeavored to keep Tuohy in check while guarding her progress. “My role so far has been to try to put the brakes on, so she doesn’t do too much,” he said. “She has an unbelievable work ethic; I’ve never seen anything like it."[2] He feels her academic diligence is as important as her athletic accomplishments.[5] She finished the 2017–18 school year with a 4.59 GPA.[6]


Tuohy first took 32 seconds off the historic Van Cortlandt Park course record, during the Manhattan XC Invite, in the Bronx, New York, with 13:21 for the 2 1/2 mile/4 kilometer event. Then she won the 2017 Nike National cross country championship as a sophomore, to cap an undefeated season. With a 5,000 meter time of 16:44.7, she won by 40 seconds, trimming 12 seconds off the course record, despite cold and muddy conditions.[7] The Rockland County legislature honored her victory, declaring December 19, 2017, as "Katelyn Tuohy Day."[8] Tuohy competes for the North Rockland High School Red Raiders. She became the fastest US outdoor high school 3,200-meter runner of all-time, running 9:47.88.


On January 20, 2018, Tuohy also set the U.S. national junior (under-20) and high school indoor 5,000-meter record, when she ran 15:37.12. Her 9:09.71 for 3,000 meters, run in June 2018, is the second fastest U.S. outdoors time ever in the country by a high school girl.[1] On June 17, 2018, at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Track & Field championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, Tuohy won the mile by over 15 seconds breaking Polly Plumer's 36-year high school outdoor mile record with a 4:33.87.[9] On September 22, 2018, at the Ocean State Invitational, Tuohy ran the fastest American girls cross country 5K ever with a time of 16:06.87, lowering the course record by 88 seconds, and leading her team to victory.[10] Her time clipped almost 17 seconds from Katie Rainsberger's 2016 best-ever high school girls' standard on any course, running faster than all but one of over 1,000 high school boys running the sandy course, that day.[11] On October 19, her 16:45.4 broke her own Bowdoin course record, set in 2017 while winning the state federation championship. The next fastest girl ran 19:07.9.[12] On November 23, she won the 5K New York State XC Championship/Nike NY Regionals, in 17:14.0, by over 40 seconds.[13] On December 1, 2018, despite her missing her state section championship race with knee tendonitis, a few weeks earlier,[14] she repeated as Nike's Cross Nationals Individual Champion. Notwithstanding muddy conditions, she set a new course record time of 16:37.8.[15]


On January 26, 2019, in New York City (NYC), while finishing third in the 3,000, against seven pros, she broke Mary Cain's high school indoor record with 9:01.81.[16] That gave her four of the fastest eight ever indoor times by a high school girl for the distance.[17] On March 10, also in NYC, competing in the New Balance Indoor Two Mile, her 9:51.05 for first place made her the second fastest ever U.S. high school girl, indoors or outdoors.[18] She also ran 2:48.77 for 1,000 meters, indoors.[19] Discussions with her coach, Brian Diglio, regarding her continued representation of her North Rockland high school were reported to have been about her anticipated continuation of running for the school through the 2019 cross country and possibly the beginning of the indoor track season. It was thought that experiencing stiffer competition from professional runners might be expected to benefit her regarding the possibility of Olympic Trials training to follow in 2020. Diglio indicated it would be her choice to make.[20] Despite feeling ill, on June 7th she repeated her 2018 state 3,000 meter title with a 9:21.9, 15 seconds in front of Chmeil.[21] Due to her academic workload, allergies and an intense track schedule, Tuohy, conferring with her family and coaches, chose to end her outdoor season in early June, and anticipated returning to competition at cross-country in the fall.[22]

In her first major race of the season, Tuohy won the Great American Cross Country race in North Carolina, 13 seconds under the course record.[23] On October 12, she won the Manhattan College Cross-Country Invitational elite Eastern States race in 13:33.2 on the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park loop, missing her course record but winning by 42 seconds.[24]

Honors and awards[edit]

During her sophomore year in 2017–2018, she won both the Gatorade Female Cross Country Player of the Year award and the Gatorade Female Track & Field Player of the Year award, making her the first athlete ever to capture the award in two sports, then she won the overall Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year award.[25] Her photo was on the cover of Sports Illustrated that summer.[11] In October 2018, she was honored as the Track and Field News High School Girls Athlete Of The Year.[26] In 2019, she repeated as the Gatorade female cross country awardee for her undefeated 2018 season.[5] Track and Field News named her as 2019's repeat "Indoor Girls Athlete of the Year".[27]


  1. ^ a b Track: Katelyn Tuohy breaks girls U.S. high school record in mile; Ursuline DMR champs, Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, June 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c High School phenom smashes records while coach tries to keep pressure off, Runners World, John A. Kissane, November 16, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Katelyn Tuohy could have run farther and faster but is very happy as mile record-holder, New York Times, Nancy Haggerty, Rockland/Westchester Journal NewsJune 18, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  4. ^ America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports, New York Times, Matthew Futterman, June 8, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Accolades Continue to Pile up for High School Record-Breaker Katelyn Tuohy – Juggling high-level training with a tough course load, she just won her fourth Gatorade award, Sarah Lorge Butler, February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Katelyn Tuohy To Be Featured On Sports Illustrated Cover, Flotrack, Cory Mull, July 18, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Tuohy wins Nike Cross National Championship, setting course record despite rain, cold, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, December 2, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Katelyn Tuohy Day In Rockland County". Rockland County Times. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  9. ^ Track: North Rockland's Katelyn Tuohy sets U.S., world record, marks at Virginia Showcase, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, Jan. 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Rundown And Race Video Of Katelyn Tuohy's Insane Ocean State Course Record, Milesplit.com, September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Tuohy runs national-record race, her time second to only one boy out of 1,000-plus, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Cross-country: Tuohy breaks own Bowdoin course record, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  13. ^ GIRLS NEW YORK CHAMPIONSHIP 5K XC – NXR NEW YORK REGIONAL 2018, Runnerspace, November 23, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Cross-country: Tuohy-less North Rockland girls win at Section 1 championships, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, November 4, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Katelyn Tuohy Defends NXN Title, MileSplitUSA, Cory Mull, December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Running against pros, Katelyn Tuohy places third and breaks another HS record, Lohud, Nancy Haggerty, January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  17. ^ HIGH SCHOOL ALL-TIME INDOOR TOP 10S — GIRLS, Track and Field News, Jack Shepard, March 29, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  18. ^ New Balance Indoor Girls — A Thrilling Mile Tops The Bill, Track and Field News, Jeff Hollobaugh, March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Katelyn Tuohy Wins Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award, Sports Illustrated, Chris Chavez, February 7, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  20. ^ Katelyn Tuohy intends to run for North Rockland as senior and fit in pro races toward Olympic Trials, Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, April 2, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Track: Tuohy, Guerci, Balseiro, Harrison, Lindner golden at State Championships, Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, June 8, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  22. ^ Track: Katelyn Tuohy to miss Nationals and USATF Championships, shut down from competition, Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, June 11, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  23. ^ Katelyn Tuohy breaks Great American Cross Country Festival record, Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, October 5, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  24. ^ Cross-country: Tuohy wins Manhattan College X-C Invitational; Pearl River 2nd among girls, Westchester Journal News, Nancy Haggerty, October 12, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  25. ^ Katelyn Tuohy’s Impressive Award Haul Continues to Grow, Runners World, Jacob Meschke, July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  26. ^ High School Girls Athlete Of The Year-Katelyn Tuohy, Track and Field News, Rich Sands, October 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  27. ^ High School Girls Indoor Athlete of the Year, Track and Field News, March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.

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