HS Girls Indoor Athlete Of The Year — Katelyn Tuohy
March 2019by T&FN
IN SELECTING OUR world men’s AOY winner we noted that it was so close that there was some sympathy for a tie. The margin between national recordsetters Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland, Thiells, New York) and Athing Mu (Central, Trenton, New Jersey) was similarly tight. Mu’s signature race was the 600, where her 1:23.57 was not only an HSR but was also an American Record. She also produced the event’s Nos. 2 & 4 HS clockings ever. Tuohy’s record run came in the 3000 (9:01.81) where she also produced all-time marks 4 and 6.
Each was prominent in other events, with Tuohy producing the No. 5 time ever in the 1500 (4:19.72 HSL), No. 8 in the mile (4:39.15 HSL) and No. 2 in the 2M (9:51.05 HSL). Mu moved to No. 5 in the 400 (52.55 HSL), No. 4 in the 800 (2:03.98 HSL) and No. 3 in the 1000 (2:44.43 HSL). If the voting had happened before the NBIN meet, Mu would likely have been the winner, but her loss to another prep there (while Tuohy never lost to a prep) took some of the shine off her credentials. So, the narrowest of edges to the defending No. 1.
Honorable Mention: Anna Hall (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Colorado) raised the pentathlon record to 4302 and followed that up with the No. 2 score ever, 4209. Chloe Cunliffe twice broke the national record in the vault, first clearing 14-5¼, then 14-9. Dominant walker Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio) set new records in the 1500 (6:02.85), mile (6:28.21) and 3000 (13:24.76).
Previous HS Girls Indoor Athletes Of The Year
In the 20 years of Girls AOYs this century, Katelyn Tuohy has become the first repeat winner:
Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland, Thiells, New York)
Sammy Watson (Rush-Henrietta, Henrietta, New York)
Vashti Cunningham (Gorman, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
Raven Saunders (Burke, Charleston, South Carolina)
Mary Cain (Bronxville, New York)
Ajee’ Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey)
Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall Central, New Windsor, New York)
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