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» How Megan Goethals Got Her Groove Back(RunningTimes.com; October 2011)
2012-13 (Track): Had a record-smashing junior season on the track, breaking 30-year-old school records in the 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters, and scoring in both distances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, picking up a Pac-12 title along the way … became only the second Husky woman ever along with thrower Jennifer Ponath (1988) to score at NCAA Outdoors in two events at the same meet, as she finished fourth in the 10,000-meters followed by a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meters, which netted nine team points for the Huskies … picked up two more All-America First Team honors for her efforts at NCAAs … became Washington’s first ever Pac-12 Champion at 5,000-meters, when she won in a time of 16:08.86 at USC’s Loker Stadium … broke Regina Joyce’s 1983 record in the 10,000-meters in her first ever run at the distance, as she clocked 32:52.78 at the Stanford Invitational … followed that up by breaking another Joyce record from 1982 in the 5k, as she clocked 15:33.63 at the Mt. SAC Relays … her 10k PR ranks her sixth in Pac-12 history and her 5k time ranks eighth in Pac-12 history … also went on to run the 10k at the USA Championships, finishing 10th in 33:36.73 in Des Moines, Iowa … advanced through the NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas by winning the 5,000-meters in 15:55.91 and taking third overall in the 10,000-meters in 34:58.86 … doubled at the UW-WSU Dual meet, winning the 3,000m in 10:00.63, and setting a personal-best in the 1,500-meters, taking second in 4:20.38 … indoors, captured her second MPSF Championship title at 5,000-meters, winning in 15:58.62, and she also was the runner-up at 3,000-meters in 9:09.74 … in a stroke of bad luck, was the 17th at the end of the regular season on both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter descending order lists, missing NCAA Indoors by one spot at both distances … broke 16-minutes again in the 5k at the Husky Classic, running 15:59.20 ... (Cross Country): Missed the first half of the season with a stress fracture, but came back to help lead the Huskies to a top-10 NCAA finish, as she was first or second on the team at the three championship races ... at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, she was the top Husky across the finish line, just missing All-America honors with a 48th-place finish in 20:21 as the Dawgs finished ninth as a team ... she made a big splash in her season debut at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing 12th overall to lead UW to fourth ... earned All-Pac-12 Second Team distinction for the Pac-12 finish ... also was 17th overall in a season-best time of 20:09 at the West Regional meet in Seattle, the No. 2 Husky finisher, earning All-West Region honors.
2011-12 (Track): Just missed winning the NCAA Outdoor Championship at 5,000-meters by less than a step, as she placed second by 0.03 seconds to Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino in the finals in Des Moines, Iowa ... made a huge final kick to close a 10-meter gap on D'Agostino, taking second in 16:11.37, just behind D'Agostino's 16:11.34 ... her second-place NCAA finish was the best ever by a Husky in the 5k, and contributed to an eighth-place team finish, the best by the UW women's team in program history ... earned First Team All-America honors for the outdoor 5k ... won the NCAA West Prelim Championships at 5,000-meters for the second year in a row, running a PR despite the Austin, Texas heat, clocking 15:46.82 ... finished third in the 5k at the Pac-12 Championships, running a time of 16:19.00 ... won a pair of races in the UW-WSU Dual, helping the Dawgs to the win, as she won the 1,500-meters and the 3,000-meters ... set a 1,500-meter PR in her first outdoor race, running 4:20.91 to take second at the Pepsi Team Invite ... went sub-16 again at the Mt. SAC Relays, taking 20th in the invitational heat in 15:58.12 ... indoors, qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meters, earning Second Team All-America honors in both ... was ninth at NCAA Indoors in the 5k, running 16:12.89, then came back the following day and placed 11th in the 3,000-meters in 9:24.68 ... broke the indoor 5,000-meter school record at the Husky Classic, running 15:54.89, the first Husky under 16-minutes indoors ... placed third at the MPSF Championships in the 3,000-meters, with a PR of 9:08.42, the second-best time in school history ... (Cross Country): Came on strong late in the season to earn first career USTFCCCA All-America honors on the trails, as she placed 18th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to help Washington to a second-place team finish ... ran 20:06 for 6k in Terre Haute at NCAAs, her fastest time all season and second on the team ... was third among all sophomore or freshman finishers at nationals, one ahead of her being teammate Katie Flood ... the only runner on the squad who improved her time in every race throughout the season ... earned All-West Region honors for an eighth-place finish, second on the team, at NCAA West Regionals as the Huskies won the team title for the fourth straight year ... ran well at her first Pac-12 Championships in Arizona, placing 16th overall in a time of 20:27 ... was UW's fifth scorer in its victory at the Wisconsin Invitational, taking 94th overall in the huge field in 21:13 ... started the year with a 56th-place finish, fourth on the team, at the Roy Griak Invite.
2010-11 (Track): Came on strong throughout the track season, winding up as one of the top freshmen in the country, and capped her season with an outstanding sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... earned All-America First Team honors with her 5k run, and was the lone point scorer for the Husky women at NCAAs ... her NCAA finals time of 15:47.79 broke the UW freshman record and was the third-best time in school history ... the sixth-place 5k finish was also the best placing ever by a Husky woman in that event ... she picked up a victory at the NCAA West Prelims in Eugene, running a then-PR of 16:02.64 to advance to the finals in Iowa ... was the runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships in the 5k, with a gritty effort where she led most of the race, dropped to fourth, then battled back to second in 16:25.13 ... won the 3,000-meters in the UW-WSU dual in a time of 9:34.81, and was third in the 1,500m in a PR of 4:29.29 ... impressive first 5k at the Stanford Invite, running 16:06.64 to place fourth in the first section ... made the NCAA Indoor Championships at 3,000-meters, finishing 13th in 9:23.48 to earn All-America Second Team honors ... was the second-highest finishing freshman at nationals in the 3k, behind only teammate Katie Flood ... won the 3,000-meter title at the MPSF Championships in her first official college race, running 9:18.28 ... picked up the 3k NCAA Auto mark at the UW Final Qualifier, running a season-best 9:11.56, the third-fastest indoor time in school history ... (Cross Country): Competed just twice on the season, running very well at the Sundodger Invitational where she placed fourth overall and second on the team in a time of 20:54 ... also competed at the Notre Dame Invitational.
High School and Personal: Born in Westland, Michigan ... parents are Diane and Kevin Goethals ... has one younger brother, Matthew, and two younger sisters, Jennifer and Jessica ... the 2009 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year as she did not lose a race in cross country or on the track, winning three different national titles and earning multiple All-America honors ... captured the 2009 National Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Dec. 12 in San Diego, clocking 17:06.9 over the 5k course ... her national title came with a stunning finishing kick to catch Chelsey Sveinsson at the tape and win by two-tenths of a second in what was called the most exciting finish in the event's 31-year history ... the win capped off an undefeated senior cross country season that included a second Michigan state championship and a victory at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships ... moved onto indoor track where she won the 2-mile title at Nike Indoor Nationals in 10:10 with another big final kick ... ran the second-fastest 2-mile time in U.S. high school history, winning the New Balance Nationals title in 10:01.16 to conclude her prep career ... also took third at the National Foot Locker XC Championships as a junior in 2008 ... was named Gatorade Michigan Girls Cross Country Runner of the year as a junior and senior and Gatorade Michigan Girls Track Athlete of the year as a junior and senior ... owns six course records in Michigan state ... won five Michigan state track titles in 2009 and 2010, sweeping the 1,600m and 3,200m in back-to-back year plus a 4x800m relay title in 2010 ... her senior year track efforts led Rochester to the state title ... racked up 13 league and district titles on the track, and was All-State every year from 2008-2010 ... set Michigan state records in the 1,600m, 3,200m, 4x800m relay, and 5,000-meters in cross country.
2011 MPSF TF - 1st, 3000m (MPSF Champion)
2011 NCAA Indoors - 13th, 3000m (All-America Second Team)
2011 Pac-10 TF - 2nd, 5000m
2011 NCAA Prelims TF - 1st, 5000m
2011 NCAA Outdoors - 6th, 5000m (All-America First Team)
2011 Pac-12 XC - 16th (3rd UW)
2011 Regional XC - 8th (2nd UW)
2011 NCAA XC - 18th (2nd UW) (All-America)
2012 MPSF TF - 3rd, 3000m
2012 NCAA Indoors - 9th, 5000m (All-America Second Team) | 11th, 3000m (All-America Second Team)
2012 Pac-12 TF - 3rd, 5000m
2012 NCAA Prelims TF - 1st, 5000m
2012 NCAA Outdoors - 2nd, 5000m (All-America First Team)
2012 Pac-12 XC - 12th (1st UW)
2012 Regional XC - 17th (2nd UW)
2012 NCAA XC - 48th (1st UW)
2013 MPSF TF - 1st, 5000m (MPSF Champion) | 2nd, 3000m
2013 Pac-12 TF - 1st, 5000m (Pac-12 Champion)
2013 NCAA Prelims TF - 1st, 5000m | 3rd, 10,000m
2013 NCAA Outdoors - 5th, 5000m (All-America First Team) | 4th, 10,000m (All-America First Team)
2013 USA Outdoor Champs - 10th, 10,000m
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