Friday, April 19, 2013

Goethals takes down another Regina Joyce UW school record at Mt. SAC...

WALNUT, California--Washington junior Megan Goethals (left/photo by Paul Merca) took down another school record in an impressive showing over 5000 meters in the invitational section at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Competing against a number of post-collegiate and pro runners, Goethals finished seventh in the race, running 15:33.63 to knock down Husky hall of famer Regina Joyce's 31-year old school record of 15:35.60, set in 1982.

"I one hundred percent thought the record could go down tonight," said Husky head coach Greg Metcalf. "If it went perfect she thought she could run just under 15:30. She was out hard and competed incredibly well. She had to run under 5:04 in the last mile to break it, so she hung on in Megan Goethals style; she was gutsy and tough and got it done."

Goethals was the second collegian in the race, only trailing winner Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth, who nipped her for the NCAA title at this distance last year.  D'Agostino ran 15:11.35, the third fastest time in NCAA history, and got the IAAF world championships 'A' standard in the process.

Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser of Idaho was 12th in 15:44.06, while Washington's Lindsay Flanagan ran a personal best of 16:01.45.

Washington State's men's 4x400m relay team of Terrance Chambers, Byron Howell, Lucas Sealby and Dana Wells ran a season-best time of 3:10.75, finishing just a second behind Boise State in the 22-squad event.

Earlier in the day, the men's 4x100m relay team of Greg Hornsby, Trevor Rogers, Brett Blanshan and Andre McBride were the runners-up with a time of 40.62 seconds.

The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team of Dominique Keel , Christiana Ekelem , Bree Winfrey and Shawna Fermin  ran a time of 3 minutes 38.54 seconds, finishing behind Colorado (3:38.17) by 37/100s second.

In Azusa, Western Washington's Brock Steffen, Alex Donigian, Jason Nokes, and Jonathon Poolman won the men's 4 x 100 meter relay at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

The foursome ran 41.36 to win by nearly 2/10ths of a second.

Brett Watson of the Vikings won the men's high jump, clearing 6-9 3/4 (2.08m).

Seattle Pacific's McKayla Fricker finished second overall in the women's 800, running 2:09.42.

SeattleU's Katie Tougas broke her own school record in the 200m, running 25.82.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Seattle University, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and Azusa Pacific University contributed to this report.

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