MADISON, WI (Oct. 12) — In a highly anticipated showdown, Katelyn Tuohy, Parker Valby, Kaylee Mitchell, Elise Stearns, and Maia Ramsden are set to headline the women’s 6k championships race at the 2023 Nuttycombe Invitational. The event will unfold at the Wisconsin Zimmer Championship Course on Friday, with the starting gun set for 1:20 p.m. ET.
2023 Nuttycombe Invitational
Tuohy, the reigning NCAA champion, will spearhead the top-ranked NC State team in her season debut. She is flanked by seasoned teammates Samantha Bush and Kelsey Chmiel, fortifying an already formidable Wolfpack lineup.
Parker Valby of Florida, last year’s runner-up to Tuohy in the national championship, will also kick off her season at this high-profile meet. The Nuttycombe Invitational offers an ideal platform for her first race of the campaign.
Oregon State’s Kaylee Mitchell is another athlete to watch, following her dominant performance at the Dellinger Invitational last month. She clocked an impressive 19:37.2, distancing herself by 18.1 seconds from her nearest competitor. Mitchell had secured a fourth-place finish at this Wisconsin event last season.
Adding depth to the field are Elise Stearns from Northern Arizona and Maia Ramsden of Harvard, who placed third and seventh respectively in last year’s race.
The competition will also feature Olivia Markezich of Notre Dame, Kelsey Harrington representing North Carolina, and Stanford’s duo of Juliette Whittaker and Sophia Kennedy.
A total of 22 teams are ranked in the top 30 in the newest United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches’ Poll this week. Six of those teams, led by No. 1 NC State, are ranked in the top 10.
No. 2 Northern Arizona, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Colorado are also included in the field.