State Titles For Trio Of UW Recruits
A number of Husky track recruits closed out their careers with big bangs over the weekend, led by state titles for Sean Krinik and Chloe Curtis in California and a trio of titles for Megan Goethals in Michigan.
Krinik of Valencia High in Yorba Linda, Calif. astonished with a new U.S.-leading mark in the 800-meters of 1:48.20, nearly a full second faster than the time he posted just a week ago which also led the country at the time. That time is the eighth-fastest high school mark ever run, and earned him his second-straight state title at the distance. If Krinik merely matches that time next season, he would rank sixth in UW history.
"Seeing that time makes me feel so accomplished," said Krinik to OCVarsity.com. "I never thought I would be there and it felt awesome to run that time."
Curtis, out of Redondo Beach, also led the nation at 800-meter on the women's side for much of the year but chose to focus on the 1,600m at state. She did not have the top time coming in, but she again proved to be the class of California's mid-distance crew as she turned in a new PR of 4:46.63 to take the win.
Curtis told local paper The Dailiy Breeze that her runner-up finish from 2009 fueled her all season and especially in Saturday's final.
"This year, I came a lot more focused. I was desperate to win that title. This was my last race," Curtis said. "There was no way I was letting someone run away with this race. In that last 200, no one was going to run with me. I had a year of boiling over it in my head to think about this race."
Also turning in fantastic finishes at the CIF finals were Liberty Miller (Canoga Park, Calif.) and Megan Morgan (Del Mar, Calif.) in the 3,200-meters. The future U-Dubbers were the top two senior finishers at the longest distance. Miller was second in 10:23.00 while Morgan was right behind in third in 10:29.70.
In Michigan, Megan Goethals closed her record-setting career in proper fashion, winning state titles in the 1,600-meters, 3,200-meters, and on the 4x800-meter relay. Every one of her runs resulted in a new state meet record. She won the 1,600m in 4:47.37, six seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She took the 3,200m in 10:22.75, breaking a 14-year-old record, and led off the 4x8 relay with a 2:11 split.
Goethals gave the following interview to MileSplit last week following her incredible 10:00.15 3,200-meter effort.
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