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Huskies Host Six-Team Outdoor Classic Track & Field Meet
Release: 06/21/1999
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March 30, 1999

The Schedule: Saturday, April 3 - UW Track & Field hosts Washington Outdoor Classic

(all times PST)

Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash.;
10:30 a.m. field events,
1:00 p.m. track events

This Week: The Husky men's and women's track & field teams hosts their first scored home meet of the 1999 season this Saturday, April 3 at Husky Stadium. The Washington Outdoor Classic features teams from Eastern Washington, Portland, Portland State, Seattle Pacific and Western Oregon. All six teams compete in a scored competition while separate dual-meet scores will be tabulated between Washington, Eastern Washington, Portland and Portland State. This will be the first dual-meet action for the Huskies who have an 8-1 record in women's scored meets and are 8-2 in men's meets this season. The Outdoor Classic begins with the women's hammer throw at 10:30 a.m. The women's 3,000 meters is the first running event, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The final event on the card is the 4 x 400 relay at 4:55 p.m.

Saturday,  April 3
10:30 am  Hammer Throw  (women then men)
12:30 pm  Javelin  (women then men)
          Discus  (women then men after Javelin)
12:30 pm  High Jump (men then women)
12:30 pm  Pole Vault   (men then women)
12:30 pm  Long Jump (women then men)
          Triple Jump  (women then men after LJ)
1:00 pm   Shot Put  (women then men)
1:00 pm   3,000m  (women)
1:20 pm   3,000m Steeplechase  (men)
1:40 pm   4 x 100 relay  (women)
1:45 pm   4 x 100 relay  (men)
1:55 pm   1,500m  (women)
2:05 pm   1,500m  (men)
2:20 pm   110m hurdles  (men)
2:30 pm   100m hurdles  (women)
2:45 pm   400m  (women)
2:55 pm   400m  (men)
3:10 pm   100m  (women)
3:20 pm   100m  (men)
3:30 pm   800m  (women)
3:45 pm   800m  (men)
3:55 pm   400m hurdles  (women)
4:05 pm   400m hurdles  (men)
4:15 pm   200m  (women)
4:25 pm   200m  (men)
4:30 pm   5,000m  (men)
4:45 pm   4 x 400 relay  (women)
4:55 pm   4 x 400 relay  (men)

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 64-21 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.

Big Ben: Junior weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) already has earned three All-America awards. He improved upon a ninth-place NCAA discus effort his freshman year with a fifth-place performance (193-1) last spring. A similar improvement this season would put him in position to challenge for the national title. Lindsey bettered his personal best by nearly 10 feet on March 28, 1998 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. Also a standout shot putter, Lindsey was the 1998 Pac-10 runner-up and finished fifth (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoors. His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2, 1998 at Husky Stadium was a two-foot improvement on his career best and 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 crowns.

Last Week (Stanford Invitational): Washington senior Deeja Youngquist and junior Anna Aoki both reached the NCAA automatic qualifying standard in the women's 10,000-meter event, registering two of the fastest times in school history at the Stanford Invitational. Youngquist shaved nearly one minute off her 10,000-meter career best with a fifth-place time of 34:04.70. Aoki, the 1998 Pac-10 champion in the 10,000 meters, placed seventh with a time of 34:05.30 that bettered her previous best time by nearly a minute. Those times are the second- and third-fastest in Washington school history, trailing only the school record of 33:13.45 established by Regina Joyce in 1983. Texas Tech's Leigh Daniel paced the elite women's 10,000 field with a time of 32:53.95. Husky senior Lara Kelley placed fourth in the women's 400-meter hurdles (1:00.07) and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.37). She clocked a career-best time of 14.11 in the 100 hurdle semifinals. UW senior Monique Glass finished eighth in the women's 400 meters with a time of 56.55. Washington junior Geoff Perry posted a ninth-place men's 1,500-meter time of 3:51.20.

Track Tidbits: Two individuals represented Washington at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Anna Aoki and senior Derek Prior. Aoki, a 13th-place 3,000-meter finisher at the 1997 NCAA Indoors, finished 12th in the 5,000 meters with a career-best time of 16:33.51. Prior, who is red-shirting the outdoor season, was fourth in his preliminary heat of the men's 400 meters with a time of 47.27 that did not enable him to advance . . . Sophomore sprint sensation Ja'Warren Hooker has been hampered with a stress fracture in his left leg (shin), but may compete this weekend. During the 1998 track campaign, Hooker won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter championship (6.13), claimed Pac-10 titles in the 100- (10.24) and 200-meter (20.70) events and placed third in the 100 meters (10.25) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships . . . Four-time discus All-American Aretha Hill completed her collegiate career last spring with a Pac-10 title and runner-up NCAA performance. The 1996 U.S. Olympian and American Collegiate Record holder (215-3) is now coaching the Washington throwers, assisting her mentor Ken Shannon.

NCAA Championship Qualifying Procedures: Marks which reach automatic standards guarantee berths to the 1999 NCAA Championship Meet, June 2-5 in Boise, Idaho. 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: Five Washington athletes have already reached NCAA qualifying standards in six events, including two automatic qualifying marks. Senior Deeja Youngquist registered the second-fastest 10,000-meter time in school history (34:04.70) on March 28 at Stanford to earn her second straight NCAA championships berth. She will be joined in the NCAA race by junior Anna Aoki (34:05.30) who is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 10,000-meter event. Youngquist has also reached the NCAA provisional standard in the 3,000 meters (9:33.70). Freshman Cecilia Barnes burst onto the collegiate scene with an NCAA provisional discus mark (167-0) on March 20 in Sacramento, Calif. The men's team features provisional qualifiers Ben Lindsey and Justin St. Clair. A two-time discus All-American, Lindsey is a provisional discus qualifier (193-8) while St. Clair seeks his first NCAA appearance in the javelin (222-7).

1998 NCAA Recap: Last year Washington sent five women along with three men's individual qualifiers and a relay team to the NCAA Championship meet in Buffalo, N.Y. Six Huskies claimed All-America awards at the 1998 NCAA Championships: Aretha Hill in the women's discus (2nd, 192-5), Ja'Warren Hooker in the men's 100 meters (3rd, 10.25), Ben Lindsey in the men's discus (5th, 193-1), Danelle Kabush in the women's 1,500 meters (9th, 4:22.85), Keisha Griffis in the women's 400-meter hurdles (9th, 59.26) and Geoff Perry in the men's 1,500 meters (3:48.57). Four of those All-Americans; Hooker, Lindsey, Griffis and Perry, return to compete for the 1999 Washington track & field squad.

Washington's 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Automatic Qualifiers (2)
                    Event           Mark      Year   Hometown (High School/JC)
Women (2)
Anna Aoki           10,000 meters   34:05.30   Jr.   Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS)
Deeja Youngquist    10,000 meters   34:04.70   Sr.   Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Provisional Qualifiers (4) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC) Women (2) Cecilia Barnes Discus 167-0 Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West) Deeja Youngquist 3,000 meters 9:33.70 Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (2) Ben Lindsey Discus 193-8 Jr. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS) Justin St. Clair Javelin 222-7 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Franklin Pierce HS)

Next Week: Saturday, April 10 -- UW Track & Field at San Diego Invitational; San Diego, Calif.

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