Troll much wrote:
I loved the NY Times article on Katelyn Tuohy and US female HS phenoms. In it, I was struck by this quote:
“She might be the best high school runner ever already,” said Jim Mitchell, a Bronxville High School coach who has guided dozens of elite female distance runners during his 40-year career, including, briefly, the last great phenom, Mary Cain.
Is that true? I assume not but don't really know enough about it.
Historians, can you list the greatest US HS distance runners ever and their credentials while in HS?
I think this is just trolling but will bite, obviously Touhy is not yet even close to Cain in both raw times and meet performances/events qualified.
I don't see Tuohy on the JR USA or USA start list this year so its not likely to change this year. Come to think of it we haven't really seen Touhy in any of the Team USA (Bupa) or other USA qualification meets. I wonder why?
She is much closer in XC but as others have mentioned until she runs Balboa park and wins footlocker she can't be directly compared to the greats of the past.
You have to be at least 16 years old to represent the US junior team. Katelyn (according to her IAAF profile) was born 15 AUG 2002 meaning she doesn't turn 16 until this upcoming August.
People need to consider that competition wasn't as deep on the women's side during Decker's era. Tuohy ran a 4:38 1600m indoor during a relay which is essentially the same as Decker's 4:40 indoor world record at the time.
Tuohy ran 15:37 for 5000m on just 45mpw... and it seems like her coaches have been very careful to make sure she isn't training to her full potential yet. I don't think we have seen the best from Tuohy yet... she is still just 15.
Cain ran a majority of those National records as a PRO, running against PRO fields. Tuohy has yet to do that... who knows how much her times could drop with professional training and deeper competition...