DELAWARE, Ohio - Two days after turning in the second-fastest time in the prelims, Sophie Goobic reached a milestone for Heidelberg.
The senior captured second Saturday in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, making her Heidelberg's first female All-American in an outdoor distance event.
"My performance in the prelims, even though I was nervous, gave me confidence for the finals," said Goobic, who finished in 10:27.36.
After clocking the second-quickest qualifying time (10:41.96) Thursday, Goobic battled a field of 14 competitors in the finals. She led for the first few laps before falling into a tussle for second with St. Lawrence's Amy Cymerman.
"Sophie needed to go for it in the steeple," first-year head coach Ron Martin said. "She wanted to run steeple as hard as she could and she did. She finished with a five-, six-second personal best, and being second in the nation is a plus."
In the bell lap, Goobic legged out a two-second lead over Cymerman to finish second.
"I'm always nervous whether its conference or nationals," Goobic said. "I am always nervous. Knowing that you did everything you could to prepare definitely helps to keep a sound mind and be confident."
Goobic also competed later in the 5,000, taking 21st (17:57.82).
She ends her career as the most decorated female distance runner in the history of Heidelberg track and field. Over the course of the year the three-time All-American has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Distance Runner of the Year twice for track and field and once during the cross country season.
Goobic earned five All-OAC honors on her way to 16th at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, a sixth in the 5,000 at the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and a second in the steeplechase.
"The coaches helped me see my potential," Goobic said.
"Moving forward, Sophie's achievements are going to make a world of difference for the future of the Heidelberg cross country and track and field program," Martin said.
Meanwhile, Josh Lynch finished 12th in the men's triple jump (14.39 meters).
TU's Clow an All-American
ALLENDALE, Michigan - Sarah Clow earned All-American honors Saturday to highlight efforts by Tiffin University's men's and women's teams on the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Clow heaved the shot put 48-11 3/4 to place fourth. Tiffin finished 20th as a team with 12 points.
Two other Dragons also competed in the shot, with Ashley DeWitt ending 11th (46-11) and Miranda Mondozzi taking 14th (46-8 3/4).
For the men, Wilner Marcelin finished ninth in the 110 hurdles (14.36) for the Dragons and Davion Bowers ended 10th in the shot put (55-1).