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Track and Field Members Are Honored
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 7, 1998

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Washington track and field competitors Aretha Hill and Ja'Warren Hooker were named the Pacific-10 Conference athletes of the week, Commissioner Thomas Hansen announced Tuesday.

Hill, a senior, was named the Pac-10 female Athlete of the Week after winning the discus and shot put competitions on April 4 at the Washington Classic in Husky Stadium. She heaved the discus 199-feet, 7-inches and had a shot put mark of 48-11 1/2.

On March 28 in San Diego, Hill set an American Collegiate discus record with a throw of 215-3. That is the second-best performance ever by an American woman, trailing on the U.S. record of 216-10 established by Carol Cady in 1986.

A product of Renton (Wash.) High School, Hill competed for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, placing 35th at the Centennial Olympics. She is a three-time NCAA discus All-American, placing fourth in 1997, third in 1996 and seventh in 1995.

The male Athlete of the Week, Hooker remained undefeated in five outdoor sprint races this spring. Saturday he outraced the fields in the 200- and 400-meter races. His 400 time of 46.42 seconds is the third-fastest in Husky history. The freshman posted a time of 21.39 in the 200 meters.

The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School graduate won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Washington track and field team travels to Pullman for a dual meet with Washington State on Saturday, April 11.

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