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Tuohy’s record cross country run earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Katelyn Tuohy (Thiells, New York) ran what is believed to be the fastest ever 5 km cross country time by a high school girl, clocking 16:06.9 to win the Ocean State Invitational in Rhode Island to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time in 2018.

Tuohy, a junior at North Rockland (NY) High School, won by more than two minutes and would have placed second in the boys’ championship race. Her time beat the previous national best of 16:23.3, set in 2015 by Katie Rainsberger of Air Academy HS in Colorado Springs.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Sabra Harvey — Harvey, 69, had the best age graded time of the day at the USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships in Buffalo. The winner of five medals at the recent WMA World Championships in Spain, she ran 21:46 to grade out at 95.66, eight points ahead of her nearest competitor.

Gail Sterling — Sterling, 58, won four golds and a silver at the Gainesville Senior Games in Florida. He won the long jump, triple jump, discus and javelin, and was runner-up in the shot put.

Alan Evans — Evans won the 55-59 division at the USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships in Buffalo and had the best age graded time overall. His 17:57 graded out at 85.44 and he won his division by 37 seconds.

Olivier Leblond — Leblond, 46, was the overall and men’s winner at the USATF 24-hour Championships in Cleveland, where he covered 160.497 miles.

Megan Alvarado — Alvarado was the top female finisher at the USATF 24-hour Championships, going 140.514 miles and finishing third overall.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy.

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