Nike Cross National champion Katelyn Tuohy has just one more 5K on her schedule, and it will be the fastest of them all.
On Saturday, January 20th, LIVE ON FLOTRACK, she will toe the line at the VA Showcase at Liberty University in Lynchburg in a special section of the 5K with the sole purpose of taking down Brie Oakley's 15:55 national record from last March in New York.
Brie Oakley set record at New Balance Indoor Nationals early this year -- and she did so after winning her first NXN title. The difference, though, is that Oakley won NXN in 17:10 while Tuohy just clocked a meet record of 16:44 in much wetter conditions.
"After 11 U.S. No. 1 [times], two national records, and our alum going on to win 33 indoor national titles in 2017, we really didn't think the meet could get any better . . . that was until this week when we confirmed Katelyn Tuohy's attendance. She is without a doubt the best distance runner of this generation, and it is an honor to host her record-setting talent." -- Nolan Jez, VA Showcase Meet Founder
Another closer-to-home comparison would be Tuohy's 13:21 4K record at the Manhattan Invitational this October. Her speed rating for that race equates to a 16:40 on Oatlands. That beats Weini Kelati's meet record by 31 seconds, and Kelati went on to run 16:05 indoors in the 5K.
Already jumping at the opportunity for a fast qualifier and a chance to race Tuohy is Blacksburg's Kaitlynn Wolfe, who ran 17:31 in XC this season. Both will be joined by a couple other sub-18 girls in what should be a great display of speed and endurance. Entries are open until January and this meet is sanctioned for VA, NY, NJ, PA, NC, DC, MD, OH, and DE.