Friday, March 29, 2013

Megan Goethals takes out 30-year old UW school record in 10000 at Stanford...

PALO ALTO, California--University of Washington junior Megan Goethals (left/photo by Paul Merca) broke a long standing school record in the 10000 meters Friday night in finishing fourth at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.

Three-time US Olympian Shalane Flanagan and her training partner Kara Goucher went 1-2 in the race, running a world leading time of 31:04.85, and 31:46.64, respectively, as they prepare for the Boston Marathon in a few weeks.

Behind Goucher was Oregon's Jordan Hasay in her debut over the distance, as she ran 32:46.68, with Goethals six seconds back at 32:52.78.

Goethals' mark eclipsed the school record of 33:13.45 set by hall of famer Regina Joyce thirty years ago.

In the women's 5000, senior Christine Babcock ran 15:44.98 to finish eighth.

Babcock's mark is the second fastest time in Husky history behind only Joyce's 15:35.60 from 1982.

In the women's steeple, WSU's Caroline Austin set a personal best of 10:23.77, which is the third best in school history.

Long hurdler Dana Wells finished second in the 400 hurdles in a season best 52.08.

In the 400, Lucas Sealby and Byron Howell each won their heats in the men's 400 for the Cougs. with times of 48.00 and 48.03, respectively, which got them sixth and seventh place overall.

On the field, the Huskies' Jordin Seekins was second in the invitational javelin with a toss of 146-2 (44.56m), with Washington State's Kelsie Taylor third at 143-4 (43.68m).

Several events were still being contested Friday night.  Notable results will be in the Saturday meet recap.

At the Texas Relays Thursday in Austin, decathlete Spencer Wordell scored a PR of 7073 points to finish ninth.

Wordell ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.63 seconds, threw the discus 108-feet 2 inches (32.96m), pole vaulted a PR height of 14-5 1/4 (4.40m), threw the javelin a PR distance of 177-2 (54.00m), and ran the 1500m in a time of 4 minutes 30.28 seconds.

Teammate Sean Harris did not finish after struggling with flu-like symptoms throughout the second day of competition, and did not start the final event, the 1500.

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