March 29, 2013
Mar. 29-30, at Cobb Track & Angell Field in Palo Alto
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - One of the longest days of track and field all year for the Huskies ended with a brilliant flourish, as distance standouts Megan Goethals, Christine Babcock, and Lindsay Flanagan posted three of the top times in Husky history at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track. Goethals smashed the school record at 10,000-meters in her first time ever at the distance, crossing in 32:52.78.
The Stanford Invitational is renowned for its distance fields, and multiple U.S. Olympians and professional runners mixed it up with several of the NCAA's current finest on the track late in the evening with cool temperatures and calm conditions, leading to fast times. Babcock first took advantage of that with the second-fastest 5,000-meters time in school history, and then Goethals came around to break the 10k record, with Flanagan posting the new No. 3 10k mark in UW history.
Goethals was in a field that featured U.S. Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, who both separated from the pack early, but Goethals remained near the front of the chase pack through the first few miles, with Lindsay Flanagan right in the middle of the pack as well. With two miles to go, Goethals had broken off into a pack of three and continued to catch and pass more experienced, post-collegiate athletes. Goethals was going all out as usual over the final two laps, and wound up fourth overall, second among NCAA athletes in the record time.
She becomes the first Husky ever under 33-minutes in the 10k, breaking Husky Hall of Famer Regina Joyce's long-standing record of 33:13.45 from 1983. Lindsay Flanagan earned herself a PR of nearly 20 seconds, finishing in 33:23.53, moving past former Pac-10 Champions Kate Bradshaw and Anita Campbell on the 10k list.
Goethals also moves up to No. 6 in Pac-12 history with her record run.
With just one 5k to her credit in her track career, senior Christine Babcock was not the most experienced in the loaded field full of Olympians and NCAA Champions, but she proved to still be one of the best as she may have found her distance for her final season as a Dawg. Babcock recorded the second-fastest 5,000-meters in UW history tonight, trailing only the aforementioned Regina Joyce. Babcock clocked 15:44.98, which was eighth in the field but third among collegiate athletes, and now ranks third overall in the NCAA this year.
Babcock took about 45 seconds off her old 5k personal-best, and also went under the "A" standard for the USA Outdoor Championships this summer.
In the evening's fastest section of the 1,500-meters, senior Joey Bywater finally took down his PR that he set back at the Pac-10 Championships his freshman year in 2009. The Lake Stevens, Wash. native closed with a torrid kick to stop the clock in 3:43.95, fifth overall. Also in the evening session, junior Michael Miller ran a nearly five-second PR, clocking 3:47.70 and James Cameron ran 3:53.06.
One of the performances of the day for the Dawgs was sophomore Tyler King, who was tough as nails in powering to a huge PR in the 5,000m, just missing the 14-minute mark, as he ran 14:00.58 to take third in his section. That was a PR of more than 18-seconds for the Coupeville, Wash. native and is a time that would have easily qualified for NCAA West Prelims last season.
After setting a PR at 400-meters last week, sophomore Baylee Mires jumped a couple distances to the 1,500m tonight and ran another personal-best, this one by nearly seven seconds. Mires (Spokane, Wash.) crossed in 4:23.17, which bodes well for her 800-meter stamina. In the first of the evening session 1,500s, sophomore Eleanor Fulton ran a 4:26.52, and freshman Maddie Meyers opened her outdoor track season with a 4:30.15.
Earlier in the day, sixth-year senior Mel Lawrence returned to the purple and gold, looking like her old self, as she led for much of her 1,500-meter heat before finishing third in a nice time of 4:27.87. The five-time All-American ran just once indoors last year and just twice outdoors in 2011, earning one more season. Redshirt frosh Joelle Amaral ran 4:31.45 in the same heat. In still more heats of the 1,500m, Liberty Miller and Justine Johnson moved down from last week's steeplechase debuts and ran 4:32.71 and 4:36.14, respectively.
Senior Jimmy Brookman had another nice day in the javelin, throwing 219-8, just an inch shorter than his season opener last week, to finish third in the invitational heat. Sophomore Quinn Hale threw 211-10.
First on the track today was Kimberly Stueckle in the 100m hurdles, and she bettered her season-opening mark from just a week ago, as she stopped the clock in 14.53 seconds. Jaleecia Roland ran 15.32 seconds and Shelby Williams clocked 15.40 seconds.
In the men's 110m hurdles, senior Shayne Moore advanced to Saturday's final with the third-best prelim time of 14.64 seconds.
Robert Henderson, a Tacoma native and transfer from Spokane C.C., made his official Husky debut today in the hammer throw, tossing a best of 171-3. He came back in the evening to throw discus as well, tossing 152-6. In other throws action, senior Jordin Seekins was just short of another PR, as she took second overall in 146-2, though she did finish ahead of a quartet of Cougars. Senior Ally Mueller was second in the second women's javelin flight, tossing 138-2. Freshman Alyx Toeaina threw the shot 42-9 ¾ in her second outing of the spring.
At the end of the marathon day, Aaron Beattie raced a final 10,000-meters that ended around 11:30 p.m. Beattie ran 30:41.45 to wrap things up.
The long Spring Break wraps up for the Dawgs with one more day tomorrow, with finals in the hurdles, relays, 800-meters, 200-meters, and the women's discus and triple jumps in the field.