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RE: Historians, who is the greatest female HS distance runner in US history? Could it already be Katelyn Tuohy?
I think, at this point, there are only two options for both boys and girls, with a lot of parallels.
Boys: Ryun or Verzbicas
Girls: Decker or Cain
Ryun and Decker were both much better in comparison to the world elites while in HS than Cain/Verzbicas. Ryun and Decker were world championship/Olympic finalist-level athletes while in high school. Cain might have been close with her 1:59/4:04, and Verzbicas would've been well off. Obviously the elite fields have improved with time, and it's hard to compare. Were Ryun/Decker only world-class in HS because the East Africans weren't really running competitively yet? Tough to say.
Gun to my head, I pick Cain and Verzbicas.
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