SEATTLE--Guess who's back, back again.
Katie's back, tell a friend…
With apologies to Eminem, Washington's Katie Flood (left/photo by Paul Merca) appears to be rounding back to the form of two seasons ago, when she was one of the country's top middle distance runners, as Flood won the invitational women's 6k race at the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park Saturday.
Flood went to the front almost immediately, with Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser and Oregon State's Kinsey Gomez attempting to stick with the 2012 NCAA 1500 meter champ.
In the end, Flood, the native of Des Moines, Iowa, motored through the Lincoln Park course to score a convincing win, crossing the line in 20:25, 19 seconds ahead of second place finisher and Idaho assistant coach Allix Potratz-Lee, competing for the Vandal Track Club.
Finishing third was freshman Katie Knight of the Huskies in 20:47, the same time credited to teammate Liberty Miller in fourth. Sophomore Maddie Meyers was fifth in 20:48, followed by Kiser in 20:50.
Gomez was seventh in 20:55, with Emily Weber of Oregon State eighth in 21:08. Halie Raudenbush of Idaho was ninth in 21:14, with the Huskies' Eleanor Fulton rounding out the top ten in 21:15.
Afterwards, Washington head coach Greg Metcalf expressed that if he had the services of freshman Amy-Eloise Neale and All-American Megan Goethals, that his squad might have scored a perfect 15 points.
Washington, the country's #5 ranked team in the pre-season USTFCCCA coaches poll, rolled to an easy win with 19 points, followed by Oregon State at 58 points, and Idaho with 87.
Washington's four other Division I schools took the last four spots, with Gonzaga fourth at 110, SeattleU fifth at 120, Washington State sixth at 146, and Eastern Washington seventh at 219.
In the men's 8k race, a large pack of runners were together for the first three laps of the 4-lap race, until Washington's Aaron Nelson and Chico State's Isaac Chavez made a break on the final lap.
Nelson scored a two-second win over Chavez, 23:51-23:53, with the Huskies' Tyler King third in 24:06.
UW redshirt Sumner Goodwin, competing unattached, was fourth in 24:09, the same time as Gonzaga's Nick Roche in fifth.
Washington State's Andrew Kimpel, who only has track eligibility remaining for the Cougs, was sixth in 24:11, followed by the Huskies' Meron Simon in seventh in 24:13.
The Cougars' Andrew Gonzales was eighth in 24:14, followed by Dayne Gradone of Chico State in the same time, and Idaho's Cody Helbling tenth in 24:15.
Washington won the team title with 30 points, followed by WSU at 52, and Gonzaga a close third with 57. Seattle University was sixth with 167 points.
In the women's open 6k race, Sarah Inglis of Trinity Western won in 21:13, seven seconds ahead of Canadian world cross country competitor Maria Bernard of the University of British Columbia.
Simon Fraser's Lindsey Butterworth was third in a time of 21:30.
Western Washington's Katelyn Steen was the first Washington collegian across the line in eleventh at 21:54.
It was a Canadian sweep of the top three teams, with British Columbia winning with 38 points over Simon Fraser's 56, and Trinity Western third with 117. Western Washington was fourth at 124, followed by Seattle Pacific's 151.
The men's open 8k race was won by Dak Riek, who was competing unattached. The Western Washington All-American took command on the last lap to score a 24:43 to 24:47 win over the University of British Columbia's Jack Williams.
Tyler Shipley of Pacific/Oregon was third in 24:50, followed by Alan DenAdel of Pacific Lutheran in 24:58.
Chico State won the open men's team competition with 36 points, followed by UBC at 60, and Western Washington at 77 points.
AROUND THE TRACK: In a series of tweets on her account, Washington's Megan Goethals announced that she has an injury and won't run this fall.
The track All-American at 10000 meters will return home to Michigan to be with her mother Diane, who is battling cancer.
In a short conversation with Metcalf, he stated that he does not have a timetable for Goethals' return to Washington, but added that she has the support of her teammates, as she goes home to help her mother, and recover from her injury.