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April 29, 1998

The Schedule:
Sat., May 2 -- UW Track & Field vs. Colorado & Idaho (Dual Meets)
Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash.

This Week: The Washington mens and womens track & field teams return home to compete at Husky Stadium for the first time in nearly a month. The Huskies host Colorado and Idaho on Saturday, May 2 in a scored meet. In this double-dual affair, each team will score against the other two in dual-meet fashion. No composite score will be tallied. Colorado and the Huskies met on April 18 in Eugene, Ore. at the Pepsi Invitational. Washington placed second in both mens and womens competition while the Buffaloes were third. The Pepsi meet utilized a four-team scoring system, so the rematch under dual-meet conditions could produce a different result. The Washington women boast a 5-1 dual-meet record this season while the Husky men are 4-2. Saturdays three-team meet begins with the women's hammer throw at 9:30 a.m. The womens 3,000 meters is the first running event, scheduled for 12 noon. The final event on the slate is the mens 4 x 400 relay at 4:00 p.m. A 531 scoring system will be used for individual events, 5-0 for relays.

Premier Competitors: Several of the nations premier athletes will be on display Saturday at Husky Stadium, including three men and five women who rank among the NCAAs top competitors this season in their respective events.

Women Washington senior Aretha Hill is the national leader in the discus on the strength of an American collegiate record performance of 215-3. Junior Keisha Griffis ranks No. 5 in the womens 400-meter hurdles (57.59). Colorado junior Janet Visosky is ninth among collegiate hammer throwers (191-11). The UW duo of sophomore Anna Aoki (34:55.62) and junior Deeja Youngquist (35:00.26) rank seventh and ninth, respectively in the 10,000 meters.

Men Colorado senior Adam Goucher is one of the premier American distance runners. A two-time NCAA indoor 3,000-meter champion, Goucher finished 27th overall and second on the U.S. team at the World Cross Country Championships during March in Morocco. He currently ranks sixth among NCAA 5,000-meter competitors (13:42.90). Idaho senior Chris Kwaramba is the nations third-leading triple jumper with a leap of 53-6 1/4 to his credit. Washington sophomore Ben Lindsey ranks third among NCAA throwers in both the discus (202-7) and shot put (63-4).

Featured Events: Mens 400Each team enters at least one formidable quarter-miler. Idahos Felix Kamangirira (46.20) ranks 13th among NCAA 400-meter runners while Colorados James Davis (46.46) is a two-time NCAA qualifier. The Huskies are represented by senior B.J. Dawson (46.79) who placed third at the 1997 Pac-10 meet. The field would be further loaded, but UW junior Derek Prior, who ranks 11th among NCAA competitors (46.13), is unlikely to compete while nursing a tender hamstring. Mens 1,500The metric mile features a battle between runners who usually compete at much longer distances. Colorados Adam Goucher drops down from the 5,000 meters after posting a time of 13:42.90 that ranks No. 6 nationally. Buffalo teammate Adam Batliner ranks No. 9 nationally in the steeplechase (8:45.84). Washington counters with 1997 NCAA steeplechase competitor Christian Belz, a 5,000-meter qualifier this year (14:13.88) and Chris Ledford (3:46.48) who ranks second among Pac-10 1,500-meter runners. Womens 3,000Colorado freshman Jennifer Smith, who ranks 13th nationally in the 3,000 meters (9:28.34), faces the UW distance duo of Anna Aoki and Deeja Youngquist who have both reached the NCAA 10,000-meter standard.

Washington/Colorado/Idaho Double-Dual Meet ;  May 2, 1998 (All times are Pacific):
Saturday,  May 2
9:30 am     Hammer Throw  (women then men)
11:00 am    Pole Vault   (women then men)
11:00 am    High Jump (men then women)
11:00 am    Long Jump (women then men)
            Triple Jump  (women then men after LJ   
11:30 pm    Javelin  (women then men)
            Discus  (women then men after Javelin)
12:00 pm    Shot Put  (women then men)
12:00 pm    3,000m  (women)
12:20 pm    3,000m Steeplechase  (men)
12:35 pm    4 x 100 relay  (women)
12:45 pm    4 x 100 relay  (men)
12:55 pm    1,500m  (women)
1:05 pm     1,500m  (men)
1:20 pm     100m hurdles  (women)
1:30 pm     110m hurdles  (men)
1:45 pm     400m  (women)
1:55 pm     400m  (men)
2:10 pm     100m  (women)
2:20 pm     100m  (men)
2:30 pm     800m  (women)
2:40 pm     800m  (men)
2:55 pm     400m hurdles  (women)
3:05 pm     400m hurdles  (men)
3:15 pm     200m  (women)
3:25 pm     200m  (men)
3:30 pm     5,000m  (men)
3:50 pm     4 x 400 relay  (women)
4:00 pm     4 x 400 relay  (men)

Athlete of the Week: Washington freshman JaWarren Hooker, who won the 100-meter championship last weekend at the prestigious Drake Relays, was named the Pacific-10 Conference track & field athlete of the week on April 28. Hooker clocked a winning time of 10.41 seconds despite adverse winds during the Drake finals on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. He is undefeated in 11 races during the 1998 outdoor season, including seven straight 100-meter victories. The sprint standout also participated on two Washington relay teams at Drake. He led off the Huskies 4 x 400 relay unit that placed second with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:05.21 and anchored the third-place 4 x 100 quartet. Hooker is the first athlete honored twice by the conference this season. He was also named the Pac-10s top athlete for the week of April 6.

Frosh Phenom: Freshman sprint sensation JaWarren Hooker doesnt appear content to stop at one national championship. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. He is undefeated in seven outdoor 100-meter races to date, including an NCAA provisional time of 10.28 at the prestigious Stanford Invitational that is the fastest time in the Pac-10 this year. His 10.28 is the third best time in Washington history, just .02 behind the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. Hooker is undefeated in 11 outdoor sprint races this spring, winning three 200-meter races and one in the 400 meters. He won the Drake Relays 100-meter title with a time of 10.41. Hooker took part in the first two weeks of spring drills as a receiver on the Husky football team, but did not participate in the Spring Football Game on April 25.

Big Ben: Sophomore weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) appears poised to improve on his 1997 All-American ninth-place discus performance as a freshman. Lindsey improved his personal best by nearly 10 feet on March 28 in San Diego with a discus mark of 202-7 that is the third longest in Washington history. The school record of 214-7 was set by Borys Chambul in 1976. Lindsey has already assured himself a spot at the NCAA championships in two events, reaching automatic qualifying standards in the discus (202-7) and shot put (63-4). His shot put mark of 63-4 on April 18 in Eugene, Ore, is the third best in Husky history. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus championship three times and claimed two prep shot put titles.

Hill Highlights: Senior Aretha Hill (Renton HS) made history on March 28 in San Diego, registering the finest discus performance ever by an American collegian and the second-best by an American female competitor. Her heave of 215-feet, 3-inches improved her previous school record (199-4) by nearly 16 feet to set a new Pac-10 record. The only American woman with a superior throw is Carol Cady (216-10 in 1986) and the only better collegiate mark was by Arizonas Meg Ritchie (221-5 in 1981). Hill competed for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, placing 35th at the Centennial Olympics with a toss of 183-10. She is a three-time NCAA discus All-American, placing fourth in 1997, third in 1996 and seventh in 1995. Hill, the 1996 Pac-10 discus championship, won the 1996 and 1997 Penn Relay discus titles, including a meet-record throw of 189-6 in 1996. She has also reached the NCAA provisional shot put mark with a heave of 51-5. Hill has won seven of the eight discus competitions she has taken part in this year, losing only to Kent States Roberta Collins on April 23 in pursuit of her third straight Penn Relays title. Following the second-place Penn performance, Hill won the Drake Relays discus title on April 25. She topped the field in all four of her shot put outings.

Hot Hurdler: Junior Keisha Griffis (Los Angeles, Calif./Washington Prep HS) is proving that last year was no fluke. Griffis clocked a time of 57.59 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles on April 18 in Eugene, Ore. That is the fifth fastest time in the nation this season, the second-best among Pac-10 competitors. Griffis capped a brilliant 1997 season with an appearance at the NCAA Championship Meet where she finished 18th. She dramatically improved her time last season in the circular hurdles, shaving over six seconds off her quickest freshman mark to join the nation's elite hurdlers. Her career-best time of 57.35 seconds, registered May 25, 1997 in a third-place finish at the Pac-10 championships in Seattle, is the second fastest in Husky history. Griffis trails only Washington school record holder Terra Barter whose mark of 57.13 was established en route to an eighth-place finish at the 1995 NCAA meet. At the Pac-10- meet, Griffis cut nearly one second off her personal best time of 58.33 that was recorded April 26 in a winning performance at the Drake Relays in Iowa. Griffis current career-best of 57.35 is a stunning 6.12-second improvement over the mark of 1:03.47 she had as a personal best entering the 1997 season.

Coach Richburg: After 12 years as head womens track & field coach at Washington, Orin Richburg takes on a new assignment this season. He was named head mens and womens track & field/cross country coach in July. His past success with the womens track & field team is a sure indicator that the Husky track & field/cross country programs are in capable hands. Richburg converted the Washington womens track & field team into one of the best dual-meet squads in the nation. He has the most womens dual-meet victories in Washington history, more than doubling his closest rival. He led the Washington women to an impressive 56-20 dual-meet record since coming to the school. The UW womens team has ranked among the top-10 dual-meet teams in the nation every year during the 1990s. His 1988 UW squad finished 10th at the NCAA championship meet, the best national finish in the schools history. His Washington teams have produced eight conference and two national individual champions. Prior to coming to Washington, Richburg spent seven seasons at Kent State and three years as an assistant at Western Michigan. A fine athlete in his own right, Richburg earned All-America accolades as a sprinter at Kent State, finishing sixth in the 200-yard dash at the 1967 NCAA championships.

NCAA Championship Qualifying Procedures: Marks which reach automatic standards guarantee berths to the 1998 NCAA Championship Meet, June 3-6 in Buffalo, New York. If there are not enough automatic qualifiers to fill out the fields, individuals with the next best marks receive NCAA bids, provided they reached the provisional standard.

Husky Qualifiers: Eleven Washington athletes and two relay teams have already reached NCAA qualifying standards in 15 total events, including three automatic qualifying marks. Senior Aretha Hill owns the nations best womens discus effort, a mark of 215-3 that is the second longest throw in collegiate history, the longest by an American collegian. Sophomore Ben Lindsey reached the automatic standards in both the discus (202-7) and shot put (63-4). Last year Washington sent three men and two women to the NCAA Championship meet in Bloomington, Ind. Hill earned All-America accolades for a fourth-place discus performance (190-7) and Lindsey for a ninth-place discus effort (187-2). Brice Newton finished 12th in the mens 1,500 meters (3:55.91), Christian Belz was 23rd in the steeplechase (9:15.31) and Keisha Griffis 18th in the womens 400-meter hurdles (59.17).

Washington's 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Automatic Qualifiers (3) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC) Women (1) Aretha Hill Discus 215-3 Sr. Renton, Wash. (Renton HS)

Men (2) Ben Lindsey Discus 202-7 So. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS) Ben Lindsey Shot Put63-4 So. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)

Provisional Qualifiers (13) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC) Women (7) Anna Aoki 10,000 meters 34:56.62 So. Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS) Keisha Griffis 400-meter Hurdles 57.59 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Washington HS) Aretha Hill Shot Put 51-5 Sr. Renton, Wash. (Renton HS) Danelle Kabush 3,000 meters 9:34.92 Sr. Courtenay, B.C. (George Vanier HS) Rebecca Morrison Hammer 169-1 Jr. San Jose, Calif. (San Mateo JC) Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters 35:00.26 Jr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS) University of Washington 4 x 400 Relay 3:38.26 (Glass, Penton, Griffis, Muhammad)

Men (5) Christian Belz 5,000 meters 14:13.88 Jr. Bolligen, Switzerland Craig Connors Pole Vault 17-3 Sr. Clackamas, Ore. (Clackamas CC) JaWarren Hooker 100 meters 10.28 Fr. Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS) JaWarren Hooker 200 meters 20.84 Fr. Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS) Derek Prior 400 meters 46.13 Jr. San Jose, Calif. (San Jose JC) University of Washington 4 x 400 Relay 3:05.21 (Hooker, Prior, Anabel, Dawson)

Where the Husky Tracksters Rank Nationally . . .

UW Qualifier Event NCAA Rank Mark NCAA Leader, School Mark Women Aretha Hill Discus 1st 215-3 Aretha Hill, UW 215-3 Anna Aoki 10,000 meters 7th 34:55.62 Jody Benson, So. Utah 29:40.65 Keisha Griffis 400m Hurdles 5th 57.59 Saidat Onanuga, UTEP 52.77 Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters 8th 35:00.26 Amy Skieresz, Arizona 32:50.67 Glass, Griffis, Penton, Muhammad 4 x 400 Relay 18th 3:38.26 Baylor 3:31.06 Danelle Kabush 3,000 meters 19th 9:34.92 Amy Skieresz, Arizona 32:50.67 Aretha Hill Shot Put 15th 51-5 Teri Tunks, SMU 58-10 1/4 Rebecca Morrison Hammer 55th 169-1 Amy Palmer, BYU 220-1

Men Ben Lindsey Discus 3rd 202-7 Doug Reynolds, Arizona 206-11 Ben Lindsey Shot Put 3rd 63-4 Brad Snyder, S. Carolina 66-11 1/4 Derek Prior 400 meters 11th 46.13 Milton Campbell, N. Carolina45.18 JaWarren Hooker 200 meters 16th 20.84 Joe Criner, C.S. Northridge 20.14 JaWarren Hooker 100 meters 17th 10.28 Chris Cummings, LSU 10.04 Craig Connors Pole Vault 19th (tie) 17-3 Jacob Davis, Texas 19-4 1/4 Christian Belz 5,000 meters 36th 14:13.88 Mebrahtom Keflezighi, UCLA 13:30.22 Hooker, Prior, Anabel, Dawson 4 x 400 Relay 5th 3:05.21 Baylor 3:03.28

Track Tidbits: Two individuals and one relay squad represented the Huskies at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet in Indianapolis. Freshman JaWarren Hooker won the 55-meter championship (6.13), Washingtons first track & field title since 1988 (Jennifer Ponath, shot put) and the first by a UW male since 1986 (Mike Ramos, decathlon). Sophomore Ben Lindsey finished fifth in the shot put (62-5 3/4). The 4 x 400 relay group of Hooker, B.J. Dawson, Scott Anabel and Derek Prior placed eight (3:10.60) . . . Two of the six (3 men, 3 women) discus throwers from the 1996 United States Olympic Team were Huskies. Coach Ken Shannon trained both current Husky Aretha Hill (35th in Atlanta) and former Washington men's thrower Adam Setliff (12th in Atlanta).

Huskies in the Pac-10 Rankings: The following individuals are Washington athletes who rank among the conferences top-eight competitors in their respective events on the weekly Pac-10 List published April 27:

Men
100 meters      JaWarren Hooker    1st 10.28
200 meters      JaWarren Hooker    1st 20.84
400 meters      Derek Prior         2nd 46.13
                JaWarren Hooker    3rd 46.42
                B.J. Dawson         5th 46.79
800 meters      B.J. Dawson         8th 1:50.6
1,500 meters    Chris Ledford       4th 3:46.48
Steeplechase    Christian Belz      2nd 8:54.27
                Paul Harkins        6th 9:08.85
110m Hurdles    Greg Barber         5th 14.27
400m Hurdles    Dan Johnston        4th 51.78
                Scott Anabel        8th 53.06
4 x 100 Relay   Washington          3rd 40.50
4 x 400 Relay   Washington          2nd 3:05.21
High Jump       Andrew Dambreville  8th 6-9 i
Pole Vault      Craig Connors       7th 17-3
Triple Jump     Marcus Kelly        8th 48-0 1/2
Shot Put        Ben Lindsey         3rd 63-4
Discus          Ben Lindsey         3rd 202-7
Javelin         Justin St. Clair    7th 214-0
Decathlon       Mike MacPherson     7th 6,307

Women 1,500 meters Danelle Kabush 8th 4:24.92 3,000 meters Danelle Kabush 5th 9:34.92 5,000 meters Anna Aoki 5th 16:54.21 Deeja Youngquist 6th 16:54.68 10,000 meters Anna Aoki 2nd 34:56.62 Deeja Youngquist 3rd 35:00.26 100m Hurdles Keisha Griffis 8th 14.19 400m Hurdles Keisha Griffis 2nd 57.59 Patrice Davis 7th 1:01.14 4 x 100 Relay Washington 5th 45.89 4 x 400 Relay Washington 4th 3:38.26 High Jump Francine Richardson 5th (tie) 5-7 Megan Franza 5th (tie) 5-7 Pole Vault Chris Withey 7th 11-0 1/4 Long Jump Michele Reid 4th 19-5 3/4 i Marzette Penton 8th 19-3 i Triple Jump Michele Reid 4th 40-0 1/2 i Shot Put Aretha Hill 4th 51-5 Sesilia Thomas 7th 47-1 1/2 i Discus Aretha Hill 1st 215-3

i = indoor marks, accepted only for Pac-10 qualifying, not NCAA

Last Week (Penn Relays): Senior Aretha Hill was defeated in a discus competition April 23 for the first time this season, spoiling her bid for a third consecutive Penn Relays championship in Philadelphia. Hill registered a second-place performance of 178-feet, 2-inches, her shortest throw of the year by nearly 20 feet. Roberta Collins of Kent State upset Hill, winning the Penn discus title with a mark of 181-8. Hill had won her first six discus competitions of the 1998 season. She captured the last two Penn Relay championships, including a meet-record throw of 189-6 in 1996. Hill was the lone Washington track & field competitor at the prestigious Penn Relays. She competed Thursday at Penn before joining the rest of the team in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake.

Last Week (Drake Relays): Freshman JaWarren Hooker remained, winning the men's 100-meter championship and senior Aretha Hill claimed the women's discus title Saturday at the prestigious Drake Relays track & field meet. Hooker won his seventh straight 100-meter race with a time of 10.41 seconds. Iowa State's Quinn Harris was second in 10.62. Hooker has not lost in 11 outdoor sprint races as a collegian, including three 200-meter outings and one 400 meter win. He led off the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay team that finished second with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:05.21. Joining Hooker on the relay unit were Derek Prior, Scott Anabel and B.J. Dawson. The Husky 4 x 100 relay unit, anchored by Hooker, placed third with a time of 40.50. Iowa won in 40.24 followed by Baylor at 40.39. Hill, who lost her first discus competition of the year Thursday at the Penn Relays, had a winning throw of 193-10 at Drake. She has won seven of eight discus outings during 1998. The Washington women's 4 x 400 relay unit of Monique Glass, Marzette Penton, Keisha Griffis and Asya Muhammad registered a third-place time of 3:40.59. That was just shy of the school record time of 3:38.26 clocked by the same group last weekend at Oregon. Baylor had a winning time of 3:32.55 in the 4 x 400 followed by Nebraska in 3:34.61. Sophomore Ben Lindsey placed fourth in the men's discus with a throw of 184-7 while Justin St. Clair was an eight in the javelin with a mark of 202-11. Junior Keisha Griffis ran a second-place time of 58.38 in the women's 400-meter hurdles and sophomore Anna Aoki was third in the 3,000-meter event at 9:47.64.

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