Welcome Back!: Katie Flood Makes Her 2013 Indoor Debut.

Washington DMR Conf Champions : Christine Babcock, Baylee Mires, Kayla Stueckle and Katie Flood

Washington DMR Conf Champions : Christine Babcock, Baylee Mires, Kayla Stueckle and Katie Flood ©Paul Merca

A great one-two punch from the Husky women’s distance crew capped off an eventful day one of the MPSF Championships at the Dempsey Indoor track, as junior Megan Goethals took the title in the 5,000-meters followed by a title defense for the Dawgs in the distance medley relay.

The women’s DMR set out to defend their MPSF title. Junior All-American Katie Flood, Dowling Catholic, got out on the track for the first time this season after having dealt with some illness. She led off and led the race early on, but handed off fourth after the 1,200-meter leg. Kayla Stueckle took the baton for the 400-meter leg, then passed to Baylee Miresfor the 800m.

Mires took UW from fourth to first with an impressive carry, and gave senior Christine Babcocka five meter lead for the final 1,600-meters. Babcock only extended the lead, and wound up winning by a large margin. The Huskies’ time of 11:08.09 was 14-seconds faster than runner-up Stanford. It’s the No. 3 time in school history and puts the Huskies in the mix for an NCAA bid.

“It was a nice effort from our ladies tonight to close things out with a DMR win,” said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. “It puts us on the bubble for NCAAs but hopefully we’ll get a shot at Fayetteville. Christine Babcock ran great, having to basically run a time trial there in the end. The other big highlight was obviouslyMegan Goethals, who looked the best she has looked since the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring. Winning two MPSF titles is something not a lot of women have done.”



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