THIELLS, N.Y., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland High School (Thiells, N.Y.) as its 2017-18 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Tuohy was surprised with the news by pro middle distance runner Mary Cain.
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“Katelyn really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year because she symbolizes everything the award stands for,” said Cain. “Not only has Katelyn impressed on the racecourse, but she’s also a good student and is a positive influence in the community. I’m excited to watch her continue and see what she will accomplish in the future.”
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the course, distinguishes Tuohy as the nation’s best high school girls cross country runner. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select her from 220,000 high school girls cross country runners nationwide. Tuohy is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The 5-foot-4 sophomore raced to the Nike Cross Nationals championship this past season, breaking the tape in a course-record time of 16:44.7. Tuohy also won the Class A individual state championship in a course-record 17:51.4, and finished first at the New York Federation Championships in 16:52.4. Undefeated on the season, she also beat a loaded field at the NXN New York Regional championships (17:01) in addition to winning the prestigious Manhattan Invitational.
Tuohy has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer and running programs, and the Rose Memorial Library.
“Katelyn Tuohy started the season smashing course records on hallowed distance-running grounds across New York State,” said Doug Binder, an editor for DyeStat.com. “Her freshman year in 2016 showed that she was on track to become a future star, but by the time she got to Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon this past December, she was in a class of her own. At 15, Tuohy is already well on her way to becoming, perhaps, the greatest girls distance runner in U.S. history.”
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