April 1, 2013
SEATTLE - Junior Megan Goethals from the women's track and field team has been named the GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 25-31.
On Saturday at Stanford, the Rochester, Mich., native crushed the school record in the 10k with a 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.
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.
Other nominees include: Andrew Ely (baseball), Cheng-Tsung Pan (men's golf), Kyle McMorrow (men's tennis), Tyler King (men's track and field), SooBin Kim (women's golf) and Natali Coronel (women's tennis).