By: Michelle Hausman
Along with setting the new school record for the 4x800 with a time of 8:56.75, multi-group track and field athlete Kaitlyn Good also maintains an impressive 3.9 grade point average. Her dedication to succeed in the meets and in the classroom has earned her the title of UC Scholar- Athlete of the Month for May.
Kaitlyn Good began her career here at the University of Cincinnati because of the coaching staff. She explains, “I really like them. I also met a current member of the track team and we got along really well and she told me how great it was here. The facilities and weight room were really nice so it seemed like a good fit.”
When asked about her athletic personal best, Kaitlyn shares that she came in as an 800 meter runner but then found her niche when she switched to the multi-group. Her collegiate career bests include the 800 meter- 2:12.54; high jump- 5’7.75”; heptathlon- 5,267 points; 500 meter- 1:16.36; 60-meter hurdles- 9.29; long jump- 17’8.75”; pentathlon- 3,907 points; shot put- 37’10.25; javelin- 131’7”.
In the 2012-13 indoor season, Kaitlyn ran the third leg for the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third (3:54.31) at Kent States’ Doug Raymond Invitational. She also finished third in the pentathlon at the University of Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Invitational and placed fifth in the 500 meter championship section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. At the BIG EAST indoor championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, competing in the pentathlon, she placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.20. In 2011, she was third in high jump and second in heptathlon at outdoor All-Ohio and placed fifth at BIG EAST championships.
Managing her time between school, friends and track has been the toughest challenge Kaitlyn has faced as a student athlete. Her advice to other student athletes would be to work on their time management skills. She says, “I’m always using my day-planner that UC gives us and each day when I am given homework, I write it down so my days are all planned out for the week.” This organization and hard work has contributed to her success in the classroom as she has been named to the Lindner College of Business Dean’s List, received multiple 4.0’s and maintained a 3.9 cumulative GPA.
Daughter of Don and Anita Good, Kaitlyn grew up in Vandalia, Ohio and attended Vandalia High School. She is majoring in Economics in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She enjoys studying economics because it offers her a variety of fields and career choices. Upon graduation, she plans to continue on as a Bearcat and earn a graduate degree.