State Titles And U.S.-Leading Times For UW Recruits
High school state track meets continued around the country this weekend and future Huskies continued to post some jaw-dropping times. Megan Goethals, who has kept a relatively low profile at least on our "blawg" since her national indoor 2-mile victory, is back in the headlines, as she ran one of the greatest 3200-meter times in U.S. history Friday night at the Oakland County Championships in Milford, Michigan. While not yet to her state meet, Goethals saw this race as her best chance to chase some records.
Goethals, the Gatorade National Cross Country Athlete of the Year, was going after the 10-minute mark, a rarely-touched barrier for any high school girl. As a reference point, current UW sophomore Christine Babcock, herself one of the greatest prep runners in history, came to Washington with a PR of 10:04 in the 3200. Goethals came up just one stride short of the barrier, crossing in 10:00.15, and in an interesting twist she continued for another 18 meters to reach the 2-mile mark which she hit in 10:03.2.
That 3200-meter time lifts her to the lead in the nation this year by a full seven seconds, and is the No. 7-mark in U.S. history. No surprise it's also a state record. The nearest finisher to Goethals was 55-seconds back. This ESPN RISE feature details Goethals' race plan, how her outdoor season has been structured, and how her U.S.-leading time came with a twinge of disappointment. (Photo by Dave McCauley)
At the California D-I Southern Sectional Finals, Sean Krinik continued to roll in the 800-meters, as he won the finals in a U.S.-leading time of 1:49.18. The No. 10 mark in UW history is 1:48.84, so Krinik's prep marks are coming close to that with a few races still to go. At the same meet, Liberty Miller of Simi Valley posted the No. 6 mark in the girls 3,200 this year, running 10:21.72. Redondo's Chloe Curtis also won the D-II finals at 1,600-meters in 4:48.97. The dyestat.com results page has videos for all D-I races.
Turning to the local products, the Washington State Meet wrapped up in the wind and rain at Mt. Tahoma High School on Saturday, with the 2A, 3A, and 4A levels all competing
AJ Maricich out of Mead in Spokane took the boys 4A high jump title with an impressive 7-foot clearance that was just an inch off the 30 year old state record. Only one other competitor was within eight inches of the senior. Maricich's Mead teammate, Tasha Clark, got the victory in the girls pole vault, clearing 12-feet and winning the tiebreaker on fewest attempts.
Hurdler extraordinaire Kayla Stueckle of Emerald Ridge swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdle titles, running a particularly dominant 42.34 in the 300 hurdles that won by more than a second. But she decided to do even more damage, also dominating the girls long jump with a best of 18-1, and taking third in the 200-meters in 25.60. This Tacoma News Tribune story talks about her busy day and also touches on Maricich. Right behind Stueckle in the 100-hurdles was fellow signee Tate Latimer of Tahoma, who took second in the 100 and fourth in the 300.
At the 3A level, Michelle Fero of Holy Names took fourth in the 200-meter finals in 26.08 and was third at 400-meters in 56.86.
A pair of incoming multi-eventers both had impressive overall weekends. Kale Schmidt of Stanwood was fourth in the 4A long jump at 22-5 ¼ while Shelby Williams was third in the 2A girls 100m dash (13.10) and third in the shot put (39-7 ½).
Finally, down in Oregon at Hayward Field, where UW's NCAA finalists will soon be heading, Ontario's Matt Anthony repeated as 100-meter dash champ in 10.72 seconds. He complemented that with a repeat title at 200-meters in a state meet record of 21.90 seconds. In the 4A girls pole vault, Husky recruit Ashley Schnapp cleared 12-feet same as her future teammate Clark. That put her in a three-way tie for first; it's unclear if the tie was broken or if all their makes and misses matched up.
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