Katelyn Tuohy, 16, is one of the most dominant cross-country runners in American history has set her sights on the 2020 US Olympic trials

Katelyn Tuohy has completed a dominant cross-country season. The high school junior finished another undefeated season at Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday and announced her intent to focus on qualifying for the 2020 US Olympic trials. Everything I do is impacted by my decision to want to make it to the Olympic trials. That’s definitely my big picture goal for the future.” She continued, “I think I’m more of a 5K runners because of my stride, but I also love the 3,000m and 1,500m. Unfortunately there’s no 3,000m at the trials so I think the 5K is my best shot right now.” The qualifying standard for the trials was 15:25:00 for the 5,000m in 2016. Tuohy is only 16-years-old but she will be 18 by the time 2020 rolls around. This is young for a runner to try and make an Olympic team, especially in a distance like the 5,000m, but not unheard of. Newly signed New Balance Athlete Sydney McLaughlin had a similarly stunning high school career and made the 2016 Olympic team at only 16-years-old, and turned 17 just before the games.

posted Thursday December 6th