In the Final Stretch for the 2023 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Season

The NCAA Indoor Track and Field season is well underway as teams look towards the National Championship held in New Mexico early this March. Check out the teams making moves in the current standings, and a spotlight on the iconic Katelyn Touhy. 

By Charlie Forrester 

Collegiate-level track programs have been hard at work for the past few months as the NCAA Indoor Track and Field season nears its close and teams look forward to finishing it off at the National Championships as the outdoor season approaches. On the female side, the top five ranked teams in the second week of competition by the USTFCCCA puts Arkansas on top followed by Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Oregon

Arkansas recently moved up in the rankings after a strong performance at the Razorback Invitational. Some key athletes responsible for this recent move include Amanda Fassold in the number one position nationally for Pole Vault. The Razorbacks’ 4x400m relay team is dominating its field with all four legs in the top five for the open 400m rankings. Amber Anning, Nickisha Pryce, Rosey Effiong, and Paris Peoples make up the team all running sub 53 seconds. Arkansas hopes to continue this momentum going into the indoor championships after jumping ten spots in the rankings this week.  The National Indoor Championships will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 10-11. 

North Carolina State’s Katelyn Tuohy heads to the finish line to win the individual title in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

There have been many key performances so far this winter that have turned heads in the collegiate running world. The name Katelyn Touhy may ring a bell. The now sophomore distance and middle-distance runner is a key player on the NC State track team. Tuohy made headlines as a high schooler winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award five times, the Nike national title in cross country three times, and setting the record for the outdoor mile and 3K races. 

She quickly grabbed the attention of the running community and sports community alike in her high school career, but don’t forget her name because her NCAA running career is just taking off. Touhy has been killing it so far with a cross country championship for the Wolfpack and NCAA 1st place title in the outdoor 1500m and indoor 5000m and 2nd place in the outdoor 5000m in her last seasons. Many believe she has much more to lay out on the track, as she prepares for her national appearance with the Wolfpack in Albuquerque. 

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