Tuohy Still Plotting NCAA Options After Winning 3,000 In Louisville; Virginia Tech Sweeps ACC Team Titles; Cameron Miller Graces Home Track With 20.27 In 200m
By David Woods for DyeStat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Katelyn Tuohy is positioned to complete one of the greatest four-month stretches in collegiate running history.
The NCAA Indoor Championships will cap it off in two weeks. (No, she is not tripling.) Whatever Tuohy does, though, it will be historic. Because everything has been.
Since mid-November, she has run to an epic come-from-behind win in NCAA cross-country, set collegiate records at one mile and 3,000 meters, and set a world record (of sorts) in a distance medley relay anchor.
On Saturday, she used a 2:45 closing kilometer to set a meet record of 8:51.92 for 3,000 meters in the Atlantic Coast Conference meet.
It was appropriate to have a star like Tuohy shine in the two-year-old Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, a 4,000-seat venue built for $50 million and located off Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
“Stands are packed, and I love it,” said Cameron Miller of host Louisville. He was exultant after running the third-fastest 200 meters in the world this year, 20.27.
Virginia Tech claimed women’s and men’s team championships. It was the eighth successive year the same school took both.
Tuohy ran a 4:23.36 anchor for North Carolina State in Thursday’s distance medley relay, the fastest ever. Elle Purrier-St. Pierre had the previous best of 4:23.60 for a New Balance team setting a world record of 10:33.85 on April 15, 2022, at Boston.
Duke, anchored by Amina Maatoug’s 4:29.84, set an ACC record of 10:49.87 in the DMR, or three seconds off Washington’s recent collegiate record. The outcome pushed Duke, Notre Dame (10:51.52) and N.C. State (10:52.16) to Nos. 5, 8 and 10 on the all-time schools list, respectively.
“Basically, I wanted to win. I was really upset with my last 50 meters,” said Tuohy, who briefly climbed to second place.
Excluding two relays, she has not lost to another college runner over 12 races, a streak extending to May 2022: three outdoors, five cross-country, four indoors.
In the ACC 3,000, Tuohy spent the first two kilometers near the front. Then she gapped everyone.
“We just wanted to work on getting a little bit faster each lap in the last (kilometer) or 800. I think we executed it pretty well,” she said.
N.C. State coach Laurie Henes said she is still talking to Tuohy about NCAAs, in which the runner has…
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