May 12, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - Late in the evening the Husky track and field team had a lot of great performances and podium finishes to take pride in at the Pac-12 Championships, but UW was still searching for its first title. That all changed in a hurry as the shadows grew long on a hot Los Angeles evening, as junior Megan Goethals led wire to wire to win the 5,000-meters, and then junior Kasen Covington queued up the Husky fight song again with a win in the men's triple jump.
The wins by Goethals and Covington capped off a thrilling day at USC's Loker Stadium, and helped propel the Huskies to strong team finishes. The Husky men finished fifth overall with 76 points, matching their best finish since 2006. The Dawgs also tied for fifth last year, but were alone in fifth this year, trailing Oregon, USC, UCLA, and Arizona State, and placing ahead of Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington State, and Stanford.
The Husky women wrapped up a seventh-place finish with Oregon taking the title on that side as well. Washington, scoring 55.33 points, finished ahead of Washington State, California, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon State. The women's point total was their most since 2009, and second-best score in the past nine years.
"I was very proud with how our team continued to battle and perform late in the day today, at the end of a long weekend on a very hot track," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "Megan and Kasen taking those titles late in the day just sends us home on a terrific high note. Megan is one of the toughest women in the NCAA, she just went out hard and dared someone to go with her and nobody could match her pace. Then to have Kasen deliver in the clutch for us and become a Pac-12 Champion, he was prepared and fired up and ready to seize the opportunity and it was incredibly exciting."
The win for Goethals was the first individual Pac-12 crown for the Husky women since 2009, and the first ever 5,000-meter title for the Huskies. The Rochester, Mich. native had finished second in the 5k her freshman season and third last year, so today she did not want to be denied. Goethals went out like a shot and head a 20-meter lead just a lap into the race. Arizona's Jennifer Bergman, who won the 10k title last night, was the only runner to make a run at Goethals, and she closed the gap a bit midway through the race but never got closer than 20-meters. Goethals pulled away to win in 16:08.86.
Earlier this season, Goethals broke the UW school records at 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters, but her first Pac-12 title will be even sweeter. Not to be overlooked was the big effort from Lindsay Flanagan, who came back to run the 5k after placing third in the 10k last night. Flanagan took seventh today, adding two more points and giving her eight for the weekend.
Covington, the native of Boise, Idaho, provided another all-time first for the Dawgs as he went from not scoring one year ago to the Pac-12 Champion in 2013 in the triple jump. He becomes Washington's first ever champion in the event. Covington came in with the second-best mark in the field this season, and that came on this track, when he jumped a wind-aided 51-6 ½ at the Trojan Invite.
He put the pressure on himself with fouls on his first two attempts, however, and was one jump away from being out, but he then landed a mark of 49-11 ¾ on his third try that put him into the lead. Covington built on that with his fourth-round jump of 50-9 ½, and no one would top that, as he celebrated a conference title. He also moves up to fifth on the Husky top-10.
The first big performance of the day came from the men's 4x100-meter relay, which earned a top-four conference finish with a season-best dash of 40.17 seconds. Who else but freshman Chris Williams led off, passed to James Alaka, then another freshman in Quadelle Satterwhite, with junior Matt Anthony anchoring.
Leading up to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, Chris Williams had been having the weekend of his career as he took second in the pole vault yesterday, ran a hurdles PR in the prelims, and then helped the Husky relay score just an hour earlier. And as the race unfolded, Williams was well on his way to another podium finish, by himself in third place. But at the very last hurdle, Williams hit it and fell painfully to the track. He stayed down for a few seconds and was attended to by officials before rising and appearing to be all right.
One of the first to attend to Williams was senior teammate Shayne Moore, who had just crossed the line in fourth-place in the same final, an outstanding last conference race for the Blaine, Wash. native. Moore ran 14.40 in the final, then was running back to console Williams, who appeared more frustrated than anything after the shock wore off.
A couple first-time finalists in the 800-meters ran fearlessly today and came away with top-five finishes. Sophomore Baylee Mires mixed it up with the leaders from the opening gun, and kicked home to a fourth-place finish in a time of 2:08.03. Next up was junior Michael Miller, who had previously scored two years ago in the steeplechase, and now found himself in lane one of the 800-meter final. Miller was aggressive from the start, put himself in a good position, and then held on down the homestretch to finish fifth in 1:51.47.
In the women's vault, the Huskies had another new face on the podium, as redshirt freshman Kristina Owsinski battled to a third-place finish with a career-best clearance of 13-4 ¼. A native of Ridgefield, Wash. and a Prairie High grad, Owsinski cleared the same height as the winner, but was third on earlier misses. That moves her up to ninth on the Husky top-10. Logan Miller, second last year, and Georgia Reynolds, each cleared 12-6 ¼, with Miller tying for eighth-place.
Back in the 100-meter dash final for the fourth time in his career, senior James Alaka posted one of his best times of the season, clocking 10.35 seconds, but settled for sixth-place in a very fast final.
The reward for four years of hard work paid off for senior Dan Sanders, as the Redmond native posted his first individual points at the Pac-12 meet. Sanders ran a PR of 52.63 seconds in the prelims yesterday, and then topped that today with another couple tenths off the PR, finishing in 52.41 for sixth-place and three valuable points.
UW had a quarter of the field in the 400-meter hurdles final on the women's side, with Kayla Stueckle making her second final and Gianna Woodruff her first. On opposite sides of the track, Stueckle ran a season-best 59.09 to take fifth, one spot better than she finished last year, and Woodruff came across in seventh-place in 1:00.35.
The Dawgs closed out the meet with two strong runs in the 4x400-meter relays. First up, the women's group clocked the third-fastest time in school history, going 3:39.43 to take seventh. Stueckle led off, handed to Mires, then freshman Krista Armstead and Woodruff anchored. Earlier in the day, the women's 4x100m relay picked up a point with an eighth-place finish in 46.46 seconds. That group was Haley Jacobson, Kayla Stueckle, Gianna Woodruff, and Daje Pugh.
Senior Jeremy Taiwo added some more points to the eight he scored last week in the decathlon, as he placed fifth in the men's high jump today with a clearance of 7-1 ½.
Seniors Christine Babcock and Joey Bywater were both looking to score in the 1,500-meter finals, but it was a tough day for both. Babcock set the pace early in the women's race but then dropped back on the last lap and finished 11th in 4:23.65. Bywater was in his fourth final but couldn't get in the mix and he also placed 11th overall.
Redshirt freshman Jaleecia Roland was a surprise finalist in the women's triple jump, but just missed scoring as she wound up ninth. Roland jumped a PR of 39-7 in the fourth round. Senior Sarah Schireman closed out her UW career with a 14th-place triple jump finish, going 38-3 ½.
In early action in the throws, junior transfer Robert Henderson had a season-best in the hammer throw, tossing 177-1 to finish 11th overall. Freshman Hannah Sherrill was 12th in the women's discus with a best of 143-3.
The Huskies will now wait and see how many athletes made the top-48 cut in the West Region, and then head to Austin, Texas in two weeks for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships.
2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
Loker Stadium - USC - Los Angeles, Calif.
May 12, 2013 - Day 2 of 2
1. Oregon 149.5; 2. USC 108; 3. UCLA 98.5; 4. Arizona State 94; 5. Washington 76; 6. Colorado 70; 7. Arizona 67; 8. California 66; 9. Washington State 45; 10. Stanford 43.
Women: 1. Oregon 139; 2. Arizona 123; 3. Arizona State 110.33; 4. UCLA 87.33; 5. Stanford 86.5; 6. USC 81; 7. Washington 55.33; 8. Washington State 42; 9. California 41.5; 10. Colorado 32; 11. Utah 14; 12. Oregon State 6.
Washington Point Scorers
4. Baylee Mires, 2:08.03; 5,000m: 1. Megan Goethals, 16:08.86 (Pac-12 Champion); 7. Lindsay Flanagan, 16:49.24; 400m Hurdles: 5. Kayla Stueckle, 59.09; 7. Gianna Woodruff, 1:00.35; 4x100m Relay: 8. Washington (Jacobson, Kay. Stueckle, Woodruff, Pugh), 46.46; 4x400m Relay: 7. Washington (Kay. Stueckle, Mires, Armstead, Woodruff), 3:39.43; Pole Vault: 3. Kristina Owsinski, 13-4 ¼; 8 (tie). Logan Miller, 12-6 1/4;
100m: 6. James Alaka, 10.35; 800m: 5. Michael Miller, 1:51.47; 110m Hurdles: 4. Shayne Moore, 14.40; 8. Chris Williams, 31.58; 400m Hurdles: 6. Dan Sanders, 52.41; 4x100m Relay: 4. Washington (Williams, Alaka, Satterwhite, Anthony), 40.17; 4x400m Relay: 5. Washington (Satterwhite, Alaka, Sanders, Jones), 3:10.12; High Jump: 5. Jeremy Taiwo, 7-1 ½; Triple Jump: 1. Kasen Covington, 50-9 1/2 (Pac-12 Champion)