Leading off today:
"It's not clear exactly when a high school sophomore named Katelyn Tuohy became the next great phenom in American distance running."
That observation came a couple of days ago courtesy of The New York Times, which devoted close to 2,000 words to the North Rockland sophomore, her relentless attack on record books and why he may or may not eventual fare better than the many female scholastic distance phenoms of the past.
If it's not precisely clear when Tuohy became the next great phenom in American distance running, what is now indisputable is that she is in fact the next great phenom in American distance running.
Tuohy added to her legend Saturday on the final day of the NYSPHSAA and Federation track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse by winning the 1,500 meters in 4:14.75, more than 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Reilly Siebert of Syosset while breaking a Mary Cain meet record from 2011.
A day earlier, Tuohy, won the 3,000 meters by more than 36 seconds with a time that broke the national record for sophomores.
"Her performance this weekend was one of the best that I've ever seen from a high school track athlete," North Rockland coach Kyle Murphy said. "She just knew this was the big time. This was the time to go and lay it all out and run as fast as she could."
Putting up dominating performances against quality competition on consecutive days was merely another step in her development.
"I kind of just wanted a bigger challenge," Tuohy said. "I knew I was going to have to be really smart not only with how I raced, but I warm up and how I cool down because it was going to be a long weekend."
What a finale: It's likely Tuohy will win the season-ending Gatorade track athlete of the year award, but Rush-Henrietta great Lanae-Tava Thomas dropped one final reminder that she belongs in the conversation.
The USC-bound senior finished the weekend with seven first-place and one second-placing showing, lacing up the spikes 10 times in two days.
Thomas won both the Federation and NYSPHSAA titles in the 100 and 200, setting a Section 5 record of :11.65 in the 100. She also anchored the Royal Comets' 400 relay to another sectional record (:46.61) a day after running a monster anchor to rally R-H to the Division I title in the 1,600 relay.
"The week has been nice," Thomas said. "It was nice to come out here and just do our best. We had some (personal records) and that was really nice. We accomplished a lot of goals."
Between indoor and outdoor state meets, Thomas finishes her scholastic career with 56 medals since eighth grade.
Steeple superlatives: Maine-Endwell's Parker Stokes set the state junior-class record in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:05.67, also good enough for the Section 4 record.
A year ago at Union-Endicott, Stokes was the Division II champion and fifth overall in a much more modest 9:30.62.
He reached the bell lap shoulder-to-shoulder with Liam Higgins of Goshen but began distancing himself early in the backstretch.
"With about 150 left I looked back and I thought Liam would be right behind me. I guess I closed a little harder than I thought I would," Stokes said.