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Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018: Tuohy runs fastest-ever cross country 5K

   Leading off today: The margin of victory and the speed rating were indications that Katelyn Tuohy ran outlandishly fast on Saturday in winning at the Ocean State Invitational in East Greenwich, R.I., but here's the most telling stat of all:

   More than 1,000 boys ran the course in the same meet, and the North Rockland junior -- undefeated a year ago -- beat all but one of them in helping her team to a first-place finish.

   Tuohy's finish in 16:06.87 was a meet and course record that is also believed to be the fastest five-kilometer performance by an American girl ever, easily beating Katie Rainsberger's 16:23.40 from 2015.

   The previous course record of 17:35.0 was set last year by Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga.

   Putting it in perspective, Tuohy's U.S scholastic record at that distance on a track is only 15.37.12 last January -- without having to deal with hills, uneven surfaces, mud, sand or the elements. She also did it without being pushed, pressing the first mile in 4:56; the runner-up's time was 18:21.53.

   The only boy to outperform Tuohy on Saturday was Matthew Payamps of St. Anthony's, who won his division in 15:49.79.

   Tuohy's speed rating was calculated at 175.71. The only better speed ratings ever were on Foot Locker postseason courses -- a 180 by Amber Trotter in 2001 and a 177.9 by Melody Fairchild. Both were running against loaded fields that pushed them for a meaningful portion of the race.

   Teammate Haleigh Morales ran 18:30.59 for fourth place to help the Red Raiders take top honors with 61 points.

   More cross country: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's boys put on quite the show in the 67th Baldwinsville Invitational, easily outdistancing Ithaca 26-115 with the help of a sweep of the first three places.

   The Spartans' Tyler Berg covered 2.95 miles in 14:35.2, followed by teammates Evan Brennan (14:35.3) and Aidan Gillooley (15:05.3).

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   College choice: Former Bishop Ludden guard Mika Adams-Woods committed to the Nebraska men's basketball program over the weekend.

  
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   Adams-Woods was fourth-team all-state in Class AA as a Ludden junior in 2017 and began attending New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire last year, reclassifying to the class of 2019.

   N.C. tragedy: A North Carolina high school runner died early Sunday after collapsing at a Charlotte cross country meet the previous day.

   Samantha Davis, 17, of Union Pines High was running in the Hares & Hounds meet at McAlpine Creek Park when she collapsed with an apparent seizure about four kilometers into her race and went into cardiac arrest. The senior was rushed to a hospital after receiving initial treatment by a medical team on site.

   Davis reportedly suffered a softball-related injury two years ago that resulted in seizures and a diagnosis of epilepsy. She had been seizure-free more recently.

   Extra points: Section 5 has made a late change to its boys soccer postseason, merging its two Class A sectional brackets into one tournament. It comes about because Batavia and Alexander are no longer fielding a combined team. The resulting drop of Batavia to Class B left Class A with 17 schools, one short of the minimum needed to split the class.

   More news: Today's first blog covered Saturday's New York high school football highlights.


  
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