July 13, 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Five athletes with ties to the University of Washington will compete in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials that begin Friday at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. The meet, which determines the United States' team for the Olympic Games, runs from July 14-23.
Two former Huskies are seeking to return to the Olympic arena. Aretha Hill and Adam Setliff both competed in the discus competition at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Hill, a surprising Olympic qualifier in 1996, registered a 35th-place women's discus throw of 183-10. Setliff finished 12th in the men's discus with a mark of 184-8.
The fourth-ranked women's discus thrower (206-3), Hill will need to place among the top three to earn a berth on the U.S. Team for the Olympic track and field competition that is scheduled for Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 in Sydney, Australia. She placed third at the U.S. championships in both 1998 and 1999.
Hill, a graduate of Renton (Wash.) High School, was a four-time All-American at Washington from 1995-98. She won Pacific-10 Conference discus titles in 1996 and 1998 and capped her collegiate career with a runner-up performance at the 1998 NCAA championships.
In 1998, Hill launched an American Collegiate Record and school record throw of 215-3 in San Diego, Calif. That mark ranks as the second-best effort ever by an American female, topped only by the Carol Cady's 1986 U.S. record of 216-10.
A native of Houston, Texas, Setliff transferred to Washington after two years at Rice. He competed two years for the Huskies and was the Pac-10 men's discus runner-up both seasons, in 1992 and 1993. He was a fifth-place NCAA finisher in 1993.
Setliff is ranked third (224-9) entering the trials. He placed third at the U.S. championships in 1997 en route to a seventh-place performance at the World Championships. Setliff was the national runner-up in 1998 and did not compete in 1999 due to injuries.
Sprint sensation Ja'Warren Hooker begins his quest for an Olympic berth on Friday, competing in the men's 400-meter event. He is ranked 11th (44.91) in the 400 meters and needs to finish in the top six to guarantee a berth on the team that includes at least three spots for athletes to make up the pool for the 4 x 400 relay.
Hooker will also compete in the 200 meters. He is ranked No. 9 in that event (20.09).
A two-year Husky football letterman, Hooker did not compete on the gridiron in 1999 in order to concentrate on track. He plans a return to football, but won't be able to join the team until October if he makes the Olympic team.
Hooker capped his junior season at Washington as the Huskies most decorated sprinter. He was voted the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year for the second time. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product captured both the 100-meter (10.19) and 200-meter (20.39) titles at the Pac-10 championships on May 21 in Eugene, Ore. Hooker also won both events as a freshman in 1998, earning his first Pac-10 Men's Athlete of the Year award.
During the 2000 season, Hooker added two school records to the 100-meter standard of 10.18 that he established in 1998. He clocked a 400-meter time of 44.91 on May 13 in Seattle to shave nearly one second off the record of 45.81 set by Orlando McKay in 1990. Hooker broke the 19-year-old 200-meter mark on April 15 in Tempe, Ariz. with a time of 20.33 and improved that record by another .01 with a mark of 20.23 on May 6 in Provo, Utah.
At the NCAA championships, Hooker placed sixth in the 200 meters. He finished sixth in both the 60- and 200-meter races at the NCAA indoor championship meet.
Ben Lindsey, who concluded his collegiate career in June with his fourth straight NCAA championship meet appearance, will participate in the men's shot put competition. He won the Pac-10 shot put title in May and garnered three All-America awards from 1997-2000.
A graduate of Lynnwood (Wash.) High School, Lindsey is ranked 17th in the shot put (63-11 3/4) entering the Olympic trials.
JUSTIN ST. CLAIR
Two-time NCAA javelin All-American Justin St. Clair is ranked 30th among Olympic trials competitors (231-3). The graduate of Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School earned his second All-America certificate in June, ending his junior year with a sixth-place NCAA result.