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Monday, June 18, 2018: Tuohy breaks U.S. record in girls mile

   Leading off today: Katelyn Tuohy put the exclamation point on a nearly perfect year of distance running Sunday by breaking a 36-year-old U.S. high school record in the mile run.

   Competing at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., the North Rockland sophomore won in 4:33.87, more than 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Grace Connolly of Natick, Mass. The winning time in searing heat at North Carolina A&T knocked 1.37 seconds off the record set by Polly Plumer of California in 1992.

   "I'm super happy," she told The Journal News. "It's up there with one of my biggest accomplishments."

   In the fall, she set a string of course records during an undefeated season culminating with another course record at the New Balance Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore.

   In the winter, she ran the fastest indoor 5,000 meters by any American female under 20 years of age.    In the spring, Tuohy broke the national girls high school 3,200-meter and scored championships in the 3,000 and 1,500 on consecutive days at the state meet.

   "Her training started to indicate if we kept her fresh and she had enough in the tank, she could break the record," coach Kyle Murphy said.

   Hali Ielfield of South Lewis was fourth in 4:49.78.

   More track and field: Ursuline's distance medley relay of Claire Wilson, Haley McLean, Sarah Flynn and Lily Flynn scored a victory in 11:47.05, a school record. Niskayuna was fourth in 11:54.34.

   Northport's boys were also second in the DMR, clocking 10:01.36.

    • Niskayuna's girls took second in the four-mile relay in 20:47.05, with Saratoga fourth in 20:51.61. The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys were also second (17:26.62) at the same distance.

    • The Washingtonville boys ran 1:31.65 for second place in the sprint medley relay.

    • Webster Thomas sophomore Monique Hardy just missed winning the girls hammer throw with a 184-2 effort that was just five inches off the winning mark.


   Soccer award announced: Arlington senior forward Molly Feighan has been selected Gatorade's New York girls soccer player of the year.

   Gatorade holds off on its soccer awards announcements because some states designate soccer as a spring sport.

   She scored 22 goals and added 15 assists for the Admirals last fall. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Virginia Tech this fall.


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  •    More recognition: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that Farmingdale is the winner of its 2018 Community Service Chall- enge, as chosen by the 22-member Student-Ath- lete Advisory Committee.

       The Farmingdale Varsity Leaders Club and the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team started Blessings for Bella in recognition of Isabella Inzerillo, who was diagnosed with Medulla- blastoma last winter. Inzerillo underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor and then radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

       She was made an honorary member of all Farmingdale athletic teams, and the Varsity Leaders Club organized a sing-a-long for her fourth birthday. With the girls lacrosse team, they raised more than $5,000 on her behalf.

       "Bella has taught us all the true meaning of strength, courage and willpower," girls lacrosse coach Tracy Wiener-Provenz said in the NYSPHSAA announcement. "She epitomizes all that it means to be a Daler. Her fight has become our fight and we are better people for it."

       Decisions: Rising senior Emma Glezen of Long Island Lutheran will continue her basketball career at Loyola (Md.) in the fall of 2019.

       Point guard Shykell Brown of Bishop Kearney in Rochester will do a post-graduate year at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., which has launched the college careers of a number of future NBA players including Tracy McGrady.

       Former Christ the King basketball standout Adonis De La Rosa is exploring graduate transfer options and will not return to the Kent State team next season. The 7-foot center averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season but suffered a torn ACL in the Flashes' season-ending loss in March.

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