Golfer Mark Goetz and runner Ceili McCabe made history for West Virginia over the weekend, both earning All-American honors in their respective sports.
Goetz was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Golfweek, becoming the first WVU golfer in program history to earn the honor. Goetz also made school history last month as the program’s first NCAA Regional qualifier. He finished in second place at 8-under-par at the NCAA Regional in Indiana, just missing out on an invitation to the NCAA Championship.
“This is a big moment, not only for Mark but our young program,” WVU coach Sean Covich said in a statement. “I’ve been saying since we restarted the program in 2015 that someone would become the first All-America golfer at WVU, and now that time has come.”
Covich started the WVU golf program from scratch in 2014 with the Mountaineers’ first season of competition in 2015-16. Goetz, a senior, has announced he will return to WVU next season.
McCabe earned All-American honors while competing in the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon over the weekend. The redshirt-freshman broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:37.39, finishing in sixth place. It is the 12th-fastest time in NCAA history.
“I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to rise to this level of competition at West Virginia,” McCabe said in a statement. “At the beginning of this year life was so up in the air and this meet seemed to be unrealistic. Should I make it back to this level in the future, I hope this experience will help me run even better. I am very happy with this performance.”
It has been an eventful first year of competition for McCabe, a native of Vancouver, BC. In the fall, she helped the WVU cross-country team to a berth in the NCAA Championship and won WVU’s first-ever steeplechase Big 12 title at the Big 12 championships last month.