March 10, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho - One night after powering UW to a dramatic victory in the distance medley relay, sophomore All-American Katie Flood proved even she still gets tired, as Flood lacked the second and third gears she's shown on the track this indoor season in the 3,000-meter final, placing ninth overall, with fellow sophomore Megan Goethals battling for an 11th-place finish as well. That wrapped up Washington's stay at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boise State at the Jacksons Track
The Husky women's team tied for 23rd overall with 10 points. That's their third Top-25 finish since 2005, and the 10 points was the third-most scored in program history at the NCAA Indoor meet.
Coming near the end of the two day meet and the final individual running event, the 3,000-meter run is often a battle of attrition, as many athletes have already run in the mile, or the 5,000-meters as was the case last night for Goethals, or the distance medley relay as was the case for Flood. Only a handful of women were running their first and only event of the weekend in the 3k.
Flood had the added handicap of having been forced to stay at the track facility last night past 1 a.m. for mandatory drug testing, more than three hours after her event had ended. She looked comfortable from the start but slipped to the back of the 17-woman pack halfway through the race. Visibly tiring, Flood dug down to find some reserves and rallied back up to sixth over the next 400-meters and she was at the back of the lead pack with two laps to go. But when the frontrunners picked up the pace, Flood was out of gas, and remained in ninth place to the line in 9:19.69.
Goethals, who was ninth last night in the 5k final, gave another all-out effort despite running on tired legs. She moved in the back of the pack between 13th and 16th place but not getting dropped by the group. Sitting 13th going into the bell lap, Goethals outkicked two more competitors to wind up 11th in a time of 9:24.68.
"Katie had the best indoor season in school history, and led us to our first indoor title in the history of our women's program," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "She was sick with the flu a week ago and then was dehydrated last night after a monster effort, but she wanted to still give it a shot today and I thought she ran smart and gave a great effort but she just didn't have her legs tonight.
"I also thought Megan ran very well coming back off the 5k, and I know she wanted to score this weekend," said Metcalf, "but she showed a lot of heart in both races and we expect her to do plenty of big things during the outdoor season. As a team, we would have liked to add a few more points tonight and get up into the top-15, but any time you leave with an NCAA title it's a great piece of history for the program."
Goethals will now have a First Team All-American honor in outdoor track, three Second Team All-American honors in indoor track, and a cross country All-America honor. Flood has now compiled a cross country All-American honor, a First Team indoors, two Second Teams indoors, and an honorable mention outdoors.
2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Nampa, Idaho - Jacksons Track
March 10, 2012 - Day Two of Two
Washington Women's Results
Day One Results
Washington Women's Results
Distance Medley Relay (Final): 1. Washington (Chelsea Orr, Jordan Carlson, Baylee Mires, Katie Flood), 11:05.20 (NCAA Champions); 5,000-meters (Final): 9. Megan Goethals, 16:12.89.
Washington Men's Results
Distance Medley Relay (Final): 10. Washington (J.J. Juilfs, 17-0 ¾.