Goethals, DMR Capture MPSF Titles On Day One
SEATTLE - A great one-two punch from the Husky women's distance crew capped off an eventful day one of the MPSF Championships at the Dempsey Indoor today, as junior Megan Goethalstook the title in the 5,000-meters followed by a title defense for the Dawgs in the distance medley relay. The purple oval gets rolling again tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
The MPSF for indoor track features every Pac-12 school that sponsors the sport, plus several other top west coast teams. Washington is hosting the championships for the 10th year in a row. After day one, the Husky women are fifth overall with 24 points and the men are ninth with 11 points. UCLA leads the women's race with 45.5 and Arizona State has an edge in the men's race with 55.5.
Goethals picked up the second MPSF title of her career, after she won the 3,000-meters as a freshman in 2011. It's the first 5k title for the Husky women since Mel Lawrencegot the win in 2010. After several laps, she broke away from the field along with Stanford All-American Kathy Kroeger, with Kroeger doing the leading. Another veteran All-American, Jennifer Bergman of Arizona, joined them for the final four laps. With two laps to go, Goethals moved into the lead for the first time. Kroeger tried to regain the lead but Goethals dug in and pulled away over the final lap to win by about ten meters. Her winning time of 15:58.62 is a season-best.
In the same 5k race, senior Lindsay Flanaganadded four more points with a fifth-place finish, as she crossed in 16:34.80.
Shortly thereafter, the women's DMR set out to defend their MPSF title. Junior All-American Katie Flood got out on the track for the first time this season after having dealt with some illness. She led off and led the race early on, but handed off fourth after the 1,200-meter leg. Kayla Stueckle took the baton for the 400-meter leg, then passed to Baylee Miresfor the 800m.
Mires took UW from fourth to first with an impressive carry, and gave senior Christine Babcocka five meter lead for the final 1,600-meters. Babcock only extended the lead, and wound up winning by a large margin. The Huskies' time of 11:08.09 was 14-seconds faster than runner-up Stanford. It's the No. 3 time in school history and puts the Huskies in the mix for an NCAA bid.
"It was a nice effort from our ladies tonight to close things out with a DMR win," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "It puts us on the bubble for NCAAs but hopefully we'll get a shot at Fayetteville. Christine Babcock ran great, having to basically run a time trial there in the end. The other big highlight was obviously Megan Goethals, who looked the best she has looked since the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring. Winning two MPSF titles is something not a lot of women have done."
Highlights for the men's team today included a solid third-place finish by sophomore J.J. Juilfs in the men's pole vault, as he cleared 16-10. Freshman Quadelle Satterwhite picked up a point with an eighth-place finish in the men's 200m in a PR of 21.73, while a trio of sprinters moved into Saturday's finals. In the 60m hurdles, Howard Lao and Shayne Moore both ran 8.18 seconds, a PR by more than a tenth of a second for Lao, to make the eight-man final. Greg Ducreran the second-fastest qualifying time of the day in the 60-meter dash prelims, clocking 6.77 seconds, which moves him up to fourth on the Husky top-10 list.
In the women's pentathlon, junior Shelby Williams worked her way to a career-best score of 3,558 points, good for 10th overall and eighth in school history. She had a PR in the high jump of 5-3 and closed with an 800-meter best of 2:25.24. Sophomore Jaleecia Rolandwas ninth going into the final 800m run but was unable to finish.
Senior All-American Jeremy Taiwowas hoping to build on his incredible heptathlon from two weeks back, and he got off to an impressive start in the 60-meter dash with a personal-best of 6.97 seconds. He then long jumped 24-3 ½ on his first attempt, just an inch off his PR. But on his third long jump, he tweaked his hamstring and was forced to withdraw from the competition. He'll turn his attention to the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10.
In the men's long jump, Kasen Williams just missed scoring in his first conference meet by an inch. He finished ninth overall, going 23-7 ¼ on his first jump. Williams is slated to compete in the triple jump as well tomorrow. In the women's long jump, Sarah Schiremanwas 10th overall with a mark of 17-10 ¾.
Other Huskies with some nice personal bests included sophomore Gianna Woodruff in the 200-meters. She clocked a time of 24.98 seconds, jumping her up to seventh on the UW indoor top-10. Freshman Bev Coleman tossed a PR of 50-feet, 2-inches in the women's weight throw in the first event of the day. She would finish 14th overall. Also with a big PR was Naivasha Sophusson Smith in the 60m hurdles, as she ran 8.88 seconds, and freshman Kimberly Stuecklealso ran 8.85.