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Huskies Host Track & Field Tri-Meet
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 27, 1999

The Schedule:
Saturday, May 1 - UW Track & Field hosts Washington Tri-Meet Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash.; 9:00 a.m. field events, 12:10 p.m. track events

This Week:
The Husky men's and women's track & field teams host the Washington Tri-Meet this weekend, a scored team competition that is part of the US Collegiate Track & field series. The Huskies are joined by Idaho and Utah State on Saturday, May 1 at Husky Stadium. The meet begins with the women's javelin throw at 9 a.m. The running events commence at 12:10 p.m. with the women's 3,000-meter race. The final event on the meet schedule is the men's 4 x 400 relay at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, April 30 at 4 p.m. the women's and men's hammer throw events will be contested.

Scoring System:
An international scoring system will be implemented with each of the three teams eligible to score two competitors in each individual event and one unit in each relay event. A 7-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system will be used for individual events with the first-place finisher earning seven points and the next five finishers scoring points in descending order. Relay events will be scored 7-5-4. The Washington women boast a 15-3 record in scored meets this season, including a 3-1 mark in dual meets. The Husky men are 14-3 overall and have a 4-0 dual-meet record.

Friday,  April 30
 4:00 pm     Hammer Throw         (women then men)
Saturday, May 1
 9:00 am     Javelin              (women then men)
             Discus               (women then men after Javelin)
 9:30 am     Pole Vault           (women then men)
10:00 am     Long Jump            (women then men)
             Triple Jump          (women then men after LJ)
11:00 am     High Jump            (men then women)
11:00 am     Shot Put             (women then men)
12:10 pm     3,000m               (women)
12:25 pm     3,000m Steeplechase  (men)
12:40 pm     4 x 100 relay        (women)
12:45 pm     4 x 100 relay        (men)
12:50 pm     1,500m               (men)
 1:00 pm     1,500m               (women)
 1:05 pm     110m hurdles         (men)
 1:20 pm     100m hurdles         (women)
 1:30 pm     400m                 (women)
 1:40 pm     400m                 (men)
 1:50 pm     100m                 (women)
 2:00 pm     100m                 (men)
 2:10 pm     800m                 (women)
 2:20 pm     800m                 (men)
 2:30 pm     400m hurdles         (women)
 2:40 pm     400m hurdles         (men)
 2:50 pm     200m                 (women)
 2:55 pm     200m                 (men)
 3:00 pm     5,000m               (men)
 3:20 pm     4 x 400 relay        (women)
 3:30 pm     4 x 400 relay        (men)

Featured Event:
The women's 400-meter hurdle race features two of the nation's swiftest competitors. Washington senior Keisha Griffis ranks 10th among NCAA hurdlers with a time of 58.05. She competed in the intermediate hurdles at the last two NCAA championships, earning All-America acclaim for a ninth-place performance in 1998. Utah State counters with senior Jane Durfey whose time of 58.38 is the 14th-fastest in the nation.

Premier Competitors:
Each of the three men's team in Saturday's meet boast one of the premier competitors in the nation. The Huskies are highlighted by junior Ben Lindsey who ranks second nationally in the discus (200-8) and ninth in the shot put (60-4 1/2). Husky sophomore Justin St. Clair has a javelin mark of 231-3 that ranks No. 7 in the nation. Utah State features senior Corey Murdock, a two-time All-American whose 400-meter hurdle time of 49.55 is the best in the NCAA this season. Idaho's Hugo Munoz ranks fourth in the nation with a season-best high jump clearance of 7-3 3/4. Vandal junior Tawanda Chiwira clocked a time of 45.72, the NCAA's 10th best 400-meter mark.

Dynamic Distance Duo:
Washington features two of the finest women's distance runners in the nation. Both junior Anna Aoki and senior Deeja Youngquist have reached the NCAA automatic 10,000-meter qualifying standard. Youngquist owns the Pac-10's best time of 34:04.70, a mark that ranks No. 5 nationally. The defending conference 10K champion, Aoki has a time of 34:05.30 that ranks second in the Pac-10 and No. 6 nationally. The two UW runners have also reached the NCAA provisional standards in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events. Aoki clocked times of 9:36.86 and 16:45.73 while Youngquist has times of 9:33.70 and 16:46.58. They both made their NCAA championship meet debuts last spring in Buffalo, N.Y. Aoki placed 17th in the 10,000 meters and Youngquist was 20th.

Speedy Sophomore:
Sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker continues to battle injuries and is questionable for this weekend's meet after straining his hamstring Friday at the Drake Relays during 100-meter qualifying. He was sidelined nearly the entire 1999 indoor season. Hooker sustained a stress fracture to his left shin that prohibited him from defending the NCAA 55-meter championship that he won in 1998. That was Washington's first NCAA track title since 1988. Hooker competed four consecutive weekends in April, posting a team-best time of 10.46 in the 100 meters on April 10 in San Diego. His season-best 200-meter time of 21.63 ranks second on the squad. Hooker was named the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference male track and field Athlete of the Year. He became the first double-event winner in Husky history at the Pac-10 championship meet, winning the 100- and 200-meter titles. After opening the 1998 outdoor season with 21 consecutive sprint victories, Hooker was beaten for the first time in the finals of the NCAA championships in Buffalo, N.Y. where he finished third. Last year, Hooker established a new school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.18, and boasts the fifth best 200-meter time in UW history with a mark of 20.70. He is the first Washington athlete to garner conference athlete of the year honors since 1976 when the award was introduced. Hooker played receiver on the Husky football team the last two seasons. As a freshman in 1997 he scored four touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return at Arizona the first time he touched the ball as a collegian. Hooker appeared in eight games during 1998, catching nine passed for 78 yards before a shoulder injury ended his season. Hooker did not participate in spring football drills.

Big Ben:
Washington junior Ben Lindsey was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's track & field athlete of the week on April 12. Lindsey recorded the nation's second-best discus performance this year, tops in the Pac-10, when he heaved the disc an NCAA automatic qualifying distance of 200-8 to win on April 10 at the San Diego State Quad Meet. That is just shy of his career-best mark as he registered a discus throw of 202-7 on March 28, 1998 in San Diego that is the third longest in Washington history. The school record of 214-7 was set by Borys Chambul in 1976. The three-time All-American improved upon a ninth-place NCAA discus effort his freshman year with a fifth-place performance (193-1) last spring. Also a standout shot putter, Lindsey was the 1998 Pac-10 runner-up and finished fifth (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor championships. He reached the NCAA provisional standard on April 17 with a put of 60-4 1/2. His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2, 1998 at Husky Stadium was the second best effort in Husky history, trailing only the school record 65-11 set in 1979 by Steve Summers. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus title three times and claimed two prep shot.

Coach Richburg:
After 12 years as head women's track & field coach at Washington, Orin Richburg took on a new assignment last season. He was named head men's and women's track & field/cross country coach in July of 1998. Richburg converted the Washington women's track & field team into one of the best dual-meet squads in the nation. He has the most women's dual-meet victories in Washington history, more than doubling his closest rival. He led the Washington women to an impressive 67-22 dual-meet record since coming to the school. The UW women's 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 school's history. His Washington teams have produced 10 conference and two national individual champions. Last year, the Richburg-coached Huskies had an 8-1 women's dual-meet record and finished fourth at the Pac-10 meet The Husky men had a 7-2 dual-meet mark in 1998 and placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships, their best finish since 1985. 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.

Huskies in the Pac-10 Rankings:
The following individuals are Washington athletes who rank among the top-eight in their respective events on the weekly Pacific-10 Conference best list published April 26:

Cecilia Barnes      Discus          167-0       Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
Keisha Griffis      400m Hurdles    58.05       Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Washington HS)
Kara Syrdal         5,000 meters    16:47.31    So. Shoreline, Wash. (Shorecrest HS)
Deeja Youngquist    3,000 meters    9:33.70     Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)
                    5,000 meters    16:46.58

Men (4) Ben Lindsey Shot Put 60-4 1/2 Jr. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS) Rob Minnitti Javelin 222-10 Fr. Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS) Jacob Predmore Decathlon 7,213 Jr. Duvall, Wash. (Cedarcrest HS) Justin St. Clair Javelin 231-3 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Franklin Pierce HS)

Next Week: Sat., May 8 - UW Track & Field at Pepsi Invitational (Oregon & Nebraska ); Eugene, Ore.

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