Washington's Katie Flood wins NCAA 1,500-meter championship
Washington's Katie Flood starred on one of the best days in the history of Washington track and field, winning the women's 1,500-meter title...
DES MOINES, Iowa — Washington's Katie Flood starred on one of the best days in the history of Washington track and field, winning the women's 1,500-meter title at the NCAA outdoor championships Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Teammate Megan Goethals was a fraction of a second away from her own national title, placing second in the 5,000 by .03 seconds.
The performances from Flood and Goethals, combined with a fourth-place finish by pole vaulter Logan Miller on Wednesday, put the UW women eighth in the final team standings, the best finish in program history.
Flood ran the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 13.79 seconds to capture the first outdoor NCAA title for Washington since 2006. It is the second NCAA title for Flood, who anchored Washington's distance medley relay to the program's first indoor championship last March. She becomes the first Husky woman with multiple NCAA titles.
"It's kind of surreal, I don't think it's sunk in yet, but I'm just so grateful and so grateful to be here and be able to win on my home track," said Flood, a Des Moines native.
Flood's national title is the fifth won by a distance runner in coach Greg Metcalf's tenure at Washington.
"For Katie Flood to come to Des Moines, Iowa, and win the NCAA title in front of her high school coach, family, friends, it couldn't happen to a better young woman," said Metcalf.
In the 5,000, Goethals finished just behind Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, who won in 16:11.34, and three seconds ahead of Colorado's Jessica (Pixler) Tebo, the former Seattle Pacific standout.
Goethals' second-place finish is the best ever by a Washington runner in the 5,000.
Seattle University junior Kevlyn Richards swam a U.S. Olympic trials qualifying time of 1:12.17 in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Last Chance for Glory Invitational in Federal Way.
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