June 7, 2013
|NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 5-8 at Oregon's Hayward Field
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EUGENE, Ore. - Two days after a fourth-place finish in the 10k, junior Megan Goethals was feeling even better with a fifth-place 5,000-meters finish to her name. The now eight-time All-American added some more points for the Huskies on day three of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field, and bringing her close to the UW scoring record.
Goethals, the Rochester, Mich. native, was hoping to pull the upset on Wednesday and win the 10,000-meters in just her third race at that distance, but settled for a still-terrific fourth-place finish. Her approach to today's 5k, where she was the runner-up last year, was just to get more points on the board and compete, and she was able to do that, as one of three women that doubled back from the 10k and again finished in the top-five today. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino got the win for the second year in a row; she had not run in the 10k.
Also in the 5,000-meters final was senior Christine Babcock, making her final appearance as a Husky. Babcock ran well and was near the front of the pack until five runners, including Goethals, made a break with about a mile to go. Babcock was in ninth for a few laps, trying to chase down the last scoring spot, but wound up 11th in the 24-woman field in a time of 16:09.10. Goethals dug across the line in fifth-place in 15:54.00.
"The 10k didn't go as I had hoped," said Goethals. "I went for it, so I have no regrets, but I was definitely upset afterwards because I invested so much into it, and just hit a wall. I was able to hold on for fourth so I was happy for that, but just the disappointment that comes with not being able to hit my goal. But today was light years better. Happy I was able to compete; that last 600 I was definitely feeling the 10k in my legs, but I was able to hold on."
Goethals added four points today to the five from Wednesday, bringing her two day total to nine points for Washington, as the Husky women are wrapped up for the week, currently sitting in 22nd-place. For her NCAA Outdoor career, Goethals is up to 20 team points, which is tied with Kate (Soma) Conwell for second in school history, behind the 21 points of Aretha (Hill) Thurmond. Goethals now has four All-America First Team honors in outdoor track, three All-America Second Team honors in indoor track, and a cross country All-America honor.
"This season I was really proud of my consistency, just consistently performing each meet, which is something I lacked in the past, so I'm really happy with how this season went," she said.
Earlier in the afternoon, senior Logan Miller was back in the NCAA Outdoor pole vault finals for the third year in a row, coming on strong late this spring after a foot injury forced her to redshirt the indoor season and had her off to a slow start outdoors. Last year at NCAAs, Miller made 14-3 ¼ to finish fourth, but she came into the meet today with a season-best of just 13-5 ¾. Miller had first attempt clearances at 12-9 ½ and 13-3 ½ to get her day off to a good start. She needed two attempts at the next bar, 13-7 ¼, but made it over for a new season-best. Moving up to 13-9 ¼ with the field cut in half at that point, Miller missed her first two tries, before summoning some clutch senior savvy to get up and over on her third try, again setting a season-best.
Miller was ninth at that point, still needing another clearance to score, but it was not to be at 13-11 ¼, as she had a near-miss on her third jump to bow out. The school record-holder finished 12th overall, and will earn All-America Second Team honors for the second time to go with her First Team honor last year. She was the only qualifier and top finisher out of the Pac-12 this year.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 7, 2013 - Eugene, Ore.
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