May 27, 1999
SEATTLE - Six Washington athletes, including two-time men's discus All-American Ben Lindsey, received invitations Thursday to the NCAA track & field championship meet which is scheduled for June 2-5 in Boise, Idaho.
Lindsey, a Husky junior who prepped at Lynnwood (Wash.) High School, is the nation's fourth-ranked discus thrower with a season-best mark of 200-feet, 8-inches. He finished fifth at the 1998 NCAA meet and was ninth in 1997.
The Huskies will be represented in the women's discus competition by freshman Cecilia Barnes (Fresno, Calif.), the Pacific-10 Conference runner-up. The daughter of 1996 U.S. Olympic women's discus competitor Lacy Barnes-Mileham boasts a 13th-ranked mark of 175-8.
Two Washington women garnered berths in the 10,000-meter race. Junior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.), the 1998 Pacific-10 champion and 1999 runner-up, is ranked ninth nationally with a time of 34:05.30. Senior Deeja Youngquist (Enumclaw, Wash.) clocked a time of 34:04.70 that ranks No. 8.
Sophomore Justin St. Clair, a product of Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School, will compete in the men's javelin. His best performance of 231-3 is listed 12th among NCAA competitors. Senior Keisha Griffis (Los Angeles, Calif.) makes her third consecutive appearance in the women's 400-meter hurdle event. Griffis earned All-America acclaim last year for a ninth-place NCAA performance. Her season-best time if 58.00, ranks 20th nationally. Both St. Clair and Griffis placed third at the Pac-10 championships in their respective events.
One prominent Husky who did not receive an NCAA bid was sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) who finished third in the 100 meters at the 1998 championships. Hooker was sidelined for much of the track & field season with a stress fracture in his left leg.