#1 - Girls 3200m
When: Friday, May 11th @ 7:35.pm
Why: While it may not have the depth of the Boys Race, the Girls Race is set to be the best in meet history. Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland) and Kelsey Chmiel (Saratoga) went at each other over 2 miles at New Balance Indoor Nationals. The race produced two Top 10 All-Time US Performances, with Tuohy at 9:58.89 and Chmiel at 10:02.36. The difference at Loucks? Both those girls had multiple races under their legs before hand, slowing down the pace, if you can believe. At Loucks, they'll both be fresh, barring a need for Chmiel to run faster than needed in a DMR the night before. Chmiel dipped under 10mins here last year, and there is no doubt she is ready to do so again. Tuohy split 9:54 in the midst of a 5K Indoor National Record, and must surely be looking to dip under 9:50 for the first time.
That sets up a must-see duel in the sun. But it gets better. Katherine Lee (Shoreham-Wading River) is entered here as well, and she carries a best of 9:26 for the 3000m. At Regionals in 2016, Lee best both Chmiel and Tuohy at Bowdoin Park, and has proven she can run with the best the State has to offer. She is still finding her form in her senior Spring season, so a win might not come easy, but she should be in the mix just fine.
Another name to watch for is Sophomore Liz Stockman (Rocky Hill, CT), who came out with a big performance at the New England Champs Indoors, running 10:31.84 for Two Miles. That puts her in the same league as Lee, and can make for a good chase pack battle.
We can't wait for this one.