Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2009 Foot Locker champ Megan Goethals commits to Huskies...

2009 Foot Locker Cross Country champion Megan Goethals (left/photo courtesy Foot Locker) of Rochester High School (Rochester Hills, Mich.) , who is the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of 2009, has committed to the University of Washington as part of their 2010 recruiting class.

Goethals completed an unbeaten season by winning the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 17:06.9, during which she out-leaned junior and three-time Gatorade Texas Runner of the Year Chelsey Sveinnson at the tape to produce the most exciting finish in the event's 31-year history.

The 5-foot-8 senior also shattered her own state meet course record by 16 seconds in 16:54.8, repeating as Division 1 champion despite a stiff headwind.

Goethals, who owns six course records in the state of Michigan, added regular-season victories at the Spartan Invitational, the West Bloomfield Invitational, and the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships in 2009.

Goethals has maintained a 3.66 GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered on behalf of Meals on Wheels as well as US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities.

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced Megan Goethals as its 2009-10 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year on national letter of intent day.

You can read the release from Gatorade here.

On the track, Goethals won Michigan state titles in the 1600 (4:51.20) and 3200 (10:37.50). She was second at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in the mile (4:51.33), and second in the 2 mile at the same meet (10:20.25).

The University of Washington has also received a national letter of intent from Torrey Pines High School in California senior Megan Morgan.

During the past cross country season, Morgan won the Mt. SAC Invitational cross country meet, running 16:59 over a 3-mile course, and finished second in the CIF State Cross Country Championships, running 17:16 for 5000 meters.

She was a Foot Locker finalist, finishing 17th in the national championship race in San Diego, running 18:02.

In September, competing on the three-member U.S. junior women's mountain running team, Morgan captured the silver medal at the World Mountain Running Championships held in Madesimo, Italy, a ski resort town in the Alps.

Morgan's time of 22:35 on the 4.34-kilometer course was 17 second behind individual champion Can Yasemin of Turkey. The field included 46 runners representing 35 countries.

On the track, she's run 5:01.93 in the mile, finishing second at the Golden West Invitational, and 10:31.91 for 3200 meters. She finished eighth in the CIF state meet last year.

UPDATE (7:45 pm)--The UW track & field team's Twitter page reports that Chloe Curtis, who ran 4:49.02 for 1600 and 10:47.70 over 3200 meters, has also signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Washington. Curtis currently attends Redondo Union High School in California.


Uli Steidl said...

I hope UW lets Meagan go for the individual title at the mountain running worlds. Last year was up-and-down, and Megan led at the top. Running on an uphill only mountain running course is not any more dangerous than running a XC race, and certainly would't affect her participation in XC in the fall.
Don't know if Metcalf will see it that way, but it certainly hasn't hurt my college running career that I ran the junior's race twice (1990 (3rd) and 91 (1st)).

On a sidenote, there were not 35 nations represented in the jr women's race, but in the overall championships.

Mercanator said...

On the 35 nations in the junior women's race, I took that from an article I saw without double checking.

My bad...

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