April 26, 2005
USI women’s cross country inks local standout
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Mater Dei High School’s Kathy Goebel (Evansville, Indiana) has chosen the University of Southern Indiana to continue her cross country/track and field career. Goebel is the first runner to sign a national letter of intent with Head Coach Mike Hillyard’s Screaming Eagles this spring and the third for the 2005-06 season.
A two-time semi-state qualifier in cross country, Goebel was third at the city meet with a 4k time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. She also finished third at the SIAC meet, fourth at the sectional meet, and fifth at the regional meet with a 4k time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds.
The eight-time letter winner in cross country and track and field was a regional qualifier in the 1,600 meters as a junior in 2004.
Goebel also excelled in the classroom where she was an Academic All-City performer in cross country as well as track and field. She was a member of the service club, student council, and Pep Club, while earning awards such as the Kiwanis Award and Leadership Award.
“Kathy is a late bloomer,” Hillyard said. “I feel that she will be a frontrunner here within the next two years. In the short term, she should contend for a top seven spot next fall.
“Kathy had opportunities to go elsewhere,” Hillyard continued. “We are honored that she chose to stay here and represent the University of Southern Indiana.”
Goebel joins Kate Powell (Columbus, Indiana) and Allison Shafer (Plainville, Indiana), who signed NLI's during the early signing period.
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