How North Carolina State Won Another Cross Country Title

Cross-country can be a brutally hard, especially for runners who were phenoms in high school. For North Carolina State, the secret is simple.

Moments after Katelyn Tuohy won the Division I women’s individual cross-country championship, she looked back at the horde of runners streaming into the finishing chute.

Gasping for breath, she counted her teammates.

“Is that five?” she asked between gulps, her eyes darting among the runners flinging themselves across the finish line. “Where’s the team score at?”

Tuohy, a third-year runner from Rockland County, N.Y., was doing the math. The top five runners on each team score points that correspond with their finishing place, and the team with the fewest points

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