Nov. 12, 2012
SEATTLE - The entire top-five of the Husky women's cross country team plus Joey Bywater on the men's team all were named All-West Region today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The honor comes from a top-25 finish at the Regional Championships, which UW hosted this past Friday at Jefferson Park Golf Course.
For the women, this is the fifth year in a row that their entire top-five has earned All-West Region honors. The only year they earned more honors was 2008, when the Huskies had six in the top-15 on their way to a national title.
Washington's top-five was closely bunched, with Katie Flood placing 15th in 20:05 for the 6km course. The next four Huskies all crossed in the next 11 seconds, with Megan Goethals placing 17th, Justine Johnson placing 18th, Lindsay Flanagan taking 21st, and Liberty Miller finishing 25th. It's the third straight All-West Region honor for Flood and Johnson, the second straight for Goethals and Flanagan, and the first for Miller.
Bywater picks up his second career Regional honor, but his first since 2009. The senior had perhaps the best race of his career on Friday, finishing eighth overall in 29:53 for the 10,000-meter course. That was the best Regional finish by a Husky since 2008, and qualified Bywater for the NCAA Championships as an individual competitor. The men's team missed qualifying by just one spot according to most accounts.
Louisville will host the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17, at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The women's race is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Pacific, followed by the men's race at 10:15 a.m.
A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast on NCAA.com.