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Goethals Breaks Another 30-Year-Old Record
Release: 04/19/2013
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April 19, 2013

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Washington Mt. SAC Relays

April 18-20 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
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WALNUT, Calif. - Husky Hall of Famer Regina Joyce dominated the Washington recordbook for the past 30 years. In 1982 and 1983 she set standards in the women's distance races that hundreds of Huskies have looked up to ever since. But over the past three weeks, junior Megan Goethals has rewritten two of the longstanding marks, the latest coming tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays, where she ran the 5,000-meters in 15-minutes, 33.63-seconds.

It was the first race for Goethals since March 29, when she ran her first career 10,000-meters and broke Joyce's school record at that distance. Stepping back on the track tonight for her first outdoor 5k since she finished runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Championships, Goethals had to only run half as far, so it must have seemed like a walk in the park as she set a personal-best by 13 seconds at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Competing against a loaded field headed by a number of post-collegiate and professional runners, Goethals was seventh overall in the race, but second among current NCAA athletes, the only college athlete ahead of her was the woman who edged her in the NCAA final in 2012, Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth, who won in 15:11.35, the No. 3 time in NCAA history. Goethals, who broke Joyce's mark of 15:35.60 set in 1982, moves to No. 8 in Pac-12 Conference history, after just jumping to No. 6 in the Pac-12 10,000-meters list three weeks ago. She is one of just four athletes in the Top-10 on both the Pac-12 5k and 10k lists.

Running in the same race was junior Lindsay Flanagan, who also rolled to a big PR tonight in a time of 16:01.45, which will rank her 10th on the Husky list.

"I one hundred percent thought the record could go down tonight," said Husky Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "If it went perfect she thought she could run just under 15:30. She was out hard and competed incredibly well. She had to run under 5:04 in the last mile to break it, so she hung on in Megan Goethals style; she was gutsy and tough and got it done."

Both Goethals and Flanagan figure to focus on the 10k when it comes time for nationals, but the great 5k races today just build more confidence for both.

"Regina Joyce has had her photo up in the locker rooms on top of those record lists for decades. For Megan to break two of those records in back-to-back races is quite an accomplishment. She's headed down the right path, she's healthy, and brimming with confidence. And that's a big PR for Lindsay as well; she wanted to break 16 (minutes), but she ran through 3k at 9:25 which is a massive PR, and her last thousand meters she was tiring but she stayed resilient."

The 5k races were the capper on a very long day at Mt. SAC, as the Husky women's 4x100-meter relay was out before lunch time to run a season-best 46.84 seconds to open things up.

Sophomore Gianna Woodruff was the third leg of that relay group, and turned in one of the big highlights early in the afternoon. Coming off a PR two weeks ago at Oregon, Woodruff outdid herself again today in the 400-meter hurdles, as she won her heat in 59.31 seconds, another PR by more than half a second, and the new No. 7 mark in school history, right behind teammate Kayla Stueckle, who ran a 59.90 in a different heat.

Freshman Daje Pugh had two season-bests, one in the 400m hurdles of 1:03.38, and another in the 100m hurdles of 14.33 seconds. Naivasha Sophusson Smith also had a heat win and a personal-best in the short hurdles, clocking 14.41 seconds.

Another busy and impressive day was turned in by freshman Chris Williams, as the Philadelphia native set a PR in the pole vault, clearing 16-10 ¾ and then ran just barely off his hurdles PR despite a headwind, as he clocked 14.22 seconds.

It was Jimmy Brookman's turn to lead the javelin group today after Joe Zimmerman had the best results early. Brookman, a Second Team All-American last year, fired a big season-best of 230-4 on his third attempt to take second overall today. Zimmerman was solid with a 225-9 best, and Quinn Hale threw 213-3 on his first attempt. On the women's side, Jordin Seekins was consistent but off her best, going 144-10.

"Gianna Woodruff, Chris Williams and Jimmy Brookman I would say were the big performers early today," said Metcalf. "All have progressed very well so far this outdoor season and we just want to continue that trend."

Not to be overlooked was another great run tonight from senior Christine Babcock, who ran in the invitational heat of the women's 1,500-meters, and clocked a seven-second season-best of 4:17.91, her best time since her freshman year in 2009.

In the 800-meters, senior Joey Bywater had a solid time of 1:51.58, just ahead of Brad Whitley's 1:51.77. Krista Armstead was just off her PR at 400-meters, running 56.67.

Senior Logan Miller cleared 12-9 ½ in the women's pole vault, with redshirt frosh Krista Owsinski also going over 12-5 ½ on her first attempt.

A few more Huskies made noise today back down at Hayward Field, competing unattached at the Oregon Relays. Hap Emmons ran 3:48.32 at 1,500-meters, and Derrick Daigre was second only to Olympian Andrew Wheating in the men's 800-meters, running a 1:50.07, which would be the fastest by a Husky this year had it come attached. True frosh Blake Nelson also got a heat win in the 1,500-meter B-section, running 3:56.57. Julian Bardwell, redshirting this season, won the long jump with a wind-aided 23-3 ¼.

The Mt. SAC Relays will come to a close with one more day of action on Saturday.

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