April 22, 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 April 15-21.
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, Goethals, a junior from Rochester, Minn., has rewritten two of the longstanding marks, the latest coming 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 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.
Other nominees include: Jared Fisher (baseball), Victoria Hayward (softball), Varsity 8 (men's crew), Max Manthou (men's tennis), James Alaka (men's track and field), Lauren Rogers (gymnastics) and Natali Coronel (women's tennis).