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RE: Historians, who is the greatest female HS distance runner in US history? Could it already be Katelyn Tuohy?
Is this conversation about U.S. high school kids only? Otherwise: Budd is hard to argue against.
At age 17:
• 1500m -- 4:01.81 (still the record for 17-year-olds and younger, and for 18-year-olds for that matter)
• 3000m -- 8:37.5
• 5000m -- 15:01.83 (outright world record, beating Decker's 15:08.26, which she ran at age 23)
Touhy: 4:14.45 / 9:05.26 / 15:37.12
Cain: 4:04.62 / 8:58.48 / 15:45.46
Decker: 2:01.8 / 4:40.1i (1M)
Consider this all-time USA HS list, and then Budd's 8:37.5 in 1984 at age 17.
9:00.16i Alexa Efraimson (Camas, WA) 2014
9:00.62 Katie Rainsberger (Air Force Academy, CO) 2016
9:02.10i Mary Cain (Bronxville, NY) 2013
9:05.26i Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland, NY) 2018
And the year before, at 16, Budd ran 8:39.0. And her best event was arguably cross-country.
Touhy did run her 15:37 at age 15. Let's hope she's the exception and avoids the early-peak syndrome.
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