Feb. 10, 2012
SEATTLE - The Husky women's distance crew continues to attack the indoor school records, as sophomore Megan Goethals dropped fifteen seconds off the 5,000-meter school record and junior Lindsay Flanagan posted the No. 4 time at the same distance tonight as the Flotrack Husky Classic got underway with the long distance events as well as the 200-meter dashes.
Two weeks after her fellow sophomore All-American Katie Flood hammered the school record at 3,000-meters, Goethals became the first Husky ever to break the 16-minute mark indoors, running 15:54.89 and placing eighth overall and fifth among current collegiate athletes. The top four women posted the four fastest times in the NCAA so far this year, and Goethals will now rank sixth in the nation and she has assured herself of a spot in next month's NCAA Indoor Championships.
The previous indoor record was held by All-American Anita Campbell, who ran 16:09.26 in 2009. Last year during the outdoor track season, Goethals set the UW freshman school record with a time of 15:47.79 in a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. That was the third-best in school history outdoors, where times are invariably faster with larger tracks.
Running in the second fastest heat of the night, Flanagan took fourth in her heat in an outstanding time of 16:14.92, which is 22 seconds faster than she ran a year ago, and now places her fourth on the Husky all-time list. Goethals and Flanagan both ran in UW's top-five at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this past fall where the Huskies placed second as a team.
In the day's top 200-meter dash heat, sophomore Maurice McNeal spent far less time on the track than his counterparts on the women's side, but he notched a Top-10 time of his own, placing second overall in a time of 21.40, the fifth-best mark in school history. Senior Ryan Hamilton also got a win in his heat in 22.08.
In the men's 5,000-meters, junior Rob Webster Jr. cut a couple seconds off his personal-best, running 14:03.01, which keeps him at sixth on the Husky indoor Top-10 list but improves his mark. In the invitational heat of the 5k, Chris Thompson of the Oregon Track Club broke the five-year-old Dempsey Record formerly held by Chris Solinsky, as he ran 13:29.94, the eighth-fastest mark in the world this year.
The action begins again tomorrow morning bright and early at 8 a.m. with the early heats of the 3,000-meter runs. Field events begin at 9 a.m. with the women's high jump. The pace really picks up at 3 p.m. when the invitational heats roll off one after another. The whole day will be streamed live on GoHuskies.com, with the invitational heats featured in a live show on Flotrack.org.