UW Recruit Goethals Wins National Indoor 2-Mile Title
Future Husky Megan Goethals is making a habit out of jaw-dropping finishes to win national titles. The 2009-10 Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year from Rochester, Michigan surged to a victory in the two-mile run at Nike Indoor Nationals held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston this past Saturday.
Goethals, the 2009 Footlocker National Cross Country Champion who will join the Washington program in the fall, erased a 25-meter gap heading into the final lap to nip Emily Sisson at the line in a time of 10:10.14 compared to 10:10.21 for Sisson. Goethals had trailed by 40-50 meters just a few laps earlier.
According to Runnersweb.com, Goethals was already thinking about putting forth her best effort for Husky head coach Greg Metcalf.
"I did not want to tell Coach Metcalf, 'Oh yeah, I kind of fell behind a little and got third,'" she said.
Goethals' winning time also broke the meet record, set just last year by Jordan Hasay, a current freshman All-American at Oregon.
The win was amazingly similar to the finish at Footlocker Nationals in the fall, where Goethals came from seemingly nowhere to catch Chelsey Sveinsson at the finish to take the cross country title.
Here is the full race video from Saturday: Goethals Wins National Indoor 2-Mile Run
And here is the bio for Goethals from her UW signing: Megan Goethals
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