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westsouthrunner
RE: Historians, who is the greatest female HS distance runner in US history? Could it already be Katelyn Tuohy?

Get your head out of the sand wrote:

Anybody that says anyone but Ryun and Decker have their head in the sand. Ryun made an Olympic team, beat the WR holder and ran under 4 how many times? He was completely dominant.
Decker had won indoor records at age 16 and beat world class Runner’s at 14.


While it is nice to say that he has records and olympic appearances but he would not come close to that now and I feel that most people do not take that into account when speaking about modern athletics.

His 3:55 could be worth a little more on a rubber/mondo track but he would not come close to beating EL G so if that is your standard to be the HS goat no one will ever come close even if they are actually faster than Ryun. Arguably you could say Mary Cain was beating some world class runners too. Maybe not top 10 level athletes but definitely world class runners. She made the WC finals remember that.

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