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Rockland County Legislature Honors Katelyn Touhy

Courtesy of the Rockland County Times

Courtesy of the Rockland County Times

On December 19th, the third Tuesday of the month, the Rockland County Legislature held their meeting, as customary. But, it wasn’t just a regular meeting because North Rockland High School’s own Katelyn Tuohy, a sophomore, was in the audience. So, why is this a big deal? Well, Katelyn Tuohy is not your typical high school sophomore. She’s a cross country runner who has broken multiple course records and finished in 1st place in this year’s NXN Nike Cross National Finals Women’s 5,000 Meters Championship Race in Portland, Oregon. The NXN Nike Cross Nationals, itself, consists of 8 Regional Qualifying meets and then the National Finals in Portland, Oregon, which took place on December 2nd. The way it works is that first, individuals and clubs compete at the 8 Regional Championships. Then, the qualifiers, both individual and club, head to Portland, Oregon, where they compete to become the National Champion.

So, Katelyn was this year’s female National Champion. However, she didn’t just finish in 1st place. She also beat the course record, which was 16:56:8, with her time of 16:44:7. She beat it by about 11 seconds. Another thing to mention is that she literally ran the majority of the race by herself, with no one around her. Not even the runner-up was able to catch up to her, Katelyn finished the race about 1 minute and 20 seconds ahead of her. But, apart from being an amazing runner, Katelyn is also an exceptional student. The Rockland County Legislature stated that she has a GPA of 100.556, which is unbelievable. So, as a way to congratulate her on all her accomplishments both in the classroom and on the course, the Rockland County Legislature decided to proclaim December 19th as Katelyn Tuohy Day.  

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