DELAWARE, Ohio - Heidelberg University senior distance runner Sophie Goobic earned her third All-American honor by finishing second in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
"My performance in the prelims, even though I was nervous gave me confidence for the finals," said Goobic.
After clocking the second quickest qualifying time on Thursday afternoon, 10:41.96, Goobic battled a field of 14 competitors to earn All-American honors. Goobic lead 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," said first year head coach Ron Martin. "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 0:02 lead over Cymerman to finish second with an official time of 10:27.36. Her silver performance in the steeplechase makes her the first female All-American performer in an outdoor distance event.
"I'm always nervous whether its conference or nationals," said Goobic. "I am always nervous. Knowing that you did everything you could to prepare definitely helps to keep a sound mind and be confident."
Her day was not over yet as the final of the women's 5,000 meter run was scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Goobic clocked a 17:57.82 to finish 21st.
Two sport student-athlete Josh Lynch entered the prelims of the men's triple jump with the tenth best qualifying mark. Needing to finish ninth overall to qualify for the finals, Lynch jumped into eighth overall with a mark of 14.39m in his first attempt.
After passing on his second attempt, Lynch fouled on his third and final attempt of the day. Lynch's mark of 14.39m sent the Dayton native to a 12th place finish overall.
Goobic concludes 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 a 16th place finish at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, a sixth place finish in the 5,000 meter run at the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and a second place finish in the steeplechase.
"The coaches helped me see my potential," said Goobic.
"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," said Martin.