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RE: Historians, who is the greatest female HS distance runner in US history? Could it already be Katelyn Tuohy?
How to define "greatest"? Has there ever been a high school girl who beat better competition than 16 year old Debbie Heald? In the 1972 indoor US - USSR meet she beat 5-time world XC champ Doris Brown and Russians Tamira Pangelova who had won the European championship the week before and Ludmila Bragina who had finished second and would win the Olympic 1500 five months later. Debbie's 4:38.5 mile was the fastest ever run indoors and stood as the US high school record for 41 years. No high school girl has ever stepped up like that.
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