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Huskies claim two Pac-12 track titles | NW Briefs
Megan Goethals won the women's 5,000 and UW teammate Kasen Covington won the men's triple jump at the Pac-12 championships.
LOS ANGELES — Megan Goethals led wire to wire to win the women's 5,000 meters, and Washington teammate Kasen Covington won the men's triple jump on Sunday in the Pac-12 track and field championships.
The Husky men finished fifth, matching their best finish since 2006. Washington State's men were ninth. The UW women were seventh and Washington State was eighth.
Oregon won both team titles.
Goethals' victory was the first in the Pac-12 meet by a Husky woman since 2009 and the school's first women's title in the 5,000. The junior from Rochester, Minn., who broke school records in the 5,000 and 10,000 earlier this season, finished in 16 minutes, 8.86 seconds.
Covington, a junior from Boise, gave UW its first Pac-12 men's triple-jump title with a leap of 50 feet, 9 ½ inches.
No other Huskies placed higher than third.
WSU freshman Kristine Felix won the women's pole vault at 13-4 ¼. Jesse Jorgensen, a sophomore from Puyallup, was runner-up in the men's 800 and Todd Wakefield was runner-up in the men's 1,500 for the Cougars.
Other track and field
Luke Fischer of Kirkland's Northwest University won the men's javelin with a school-record 212 feet, 4 inches in the Cascade Collegiate Conference finals in Gresham, Ore.
E Z Kitty, a 5-year-old mare, won the $50,000 Hastings Handicap, the first stakes race of the season at Emerald Downs in Auburn. E Z Kitty, trained by Jeff Metz and ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, beat 4-5 shot Exclusive Diva by 2 lengths. E Z Kitty, the second choice in the wagering, ran 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 8.26 seconds and paid $5.60 to win.
• Washington survived a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth from Utah's Wyler Smith for a 3-2 Pac-12 win at Husky Ballpark. Robert Pehl had an RBI single and the Huskies (19-30, 10-14) scored twice on ground outs. Utah is 17-28, 6-21. Reliever Zach Wright (3-5) got the win with two scoreless innings.
• USC beat Washington State 11-0 in Los Angeles on Nigel Nootbaar's seven-hitter. A pair of errors by the Cougars (21-26, 8-16 Pac-12) led to five unearned runs for the Trojans (19-30, 10-14).
• Seattle University lost 9-7 in a Western Athletic Conference game at Cal State Bakersfield (34-18, 17-7) despite Nick Latta's single, home run and three RBI. Ryan Somers went 3 for 4 with a double and Austen Brand was 2 for 4 with a triple for the Redhawks (19-32, 8-15).
• Gonzaga (32-16-1) lost 13-3 to Appalachian State (27-19) in a nonleague game in Spokane.
Ohio State swept Washington 4-0 on Saturday in Columbus, knocking the Huskies out of the NCAA tournament.
From sports-information reports.