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April 7, 1998

The Schedule:
Saturday, April 11 -- UW Track & Field at Washington State Dual Meet (with Idaho) Mooberry Track; Pullman, Wash. 11:00 a.m.

This Week: The Washington men's and women's track & field teams visit Pullman to compete in their annual scored dual meet against cross-state rival Washington State, Saturday, April 11 at Mooberry Track. Idaho joins the Cougars and Huskies. The meet begins with the women's pole vault, long jump and javelin at 11 a.m. The running events commence at 1:30 p.m. with the steeplechase. The final event on the meet schedule is the men's 4 x 400 relay at 4:15 p.m.

Dual Meet Data: The Washington-Washington State track & field dual meet is one of the longest running athletic events in the Northwest, dating back to the their first meeting during 1900 in Pullman. Dual meets are the purest form of track & field team competition. To succeed a team must possess depth in every event, unlike the NCAA championship meet which enables a team with a few select individuals to overcome voids in other events. The Northwest boasts three of the premier dual-meet teams in the nation as Washington, Oregon and Washington State annually rank among the NCAA leaders. Beginning in 1900, including every year since 1946, dual meets with Washington State and Oregon have appeared on the Huskies' schedule. This year is no exception. Washington visits the Cougars this week for their 83rd meeting and then hosts Oregon on May 9 in Seattle. A 5-3-1 scoring system will be used for this dual meet with the first-place finisher in each event earning five team points while second and third receive three and one, respectively. In the relay events, the winning team receives five points with no points for the runner-up.

The Series: The Washington women own an 18-3 advantage over Washington State in a series that began in 1979. The Huskies currently have a seven-meet winning streak against WSU, capped by a 100.5 to 80.5 win on April 5, 1997 at Husky Stadium during the last meeting. The WSU women last defeated the Huskies in 1992 (90-45 in Pullman). The Washington men won the last two meetings in the series, their first back-to-back triumphs over WSU since 1966-67. The Cougars had strung together 22 consecutive dual-meet victories beginning in 1976 before Washington won 104-97 on April 8, 1996 in Pullman and 103-99 on April 5, 1997 in Seattle. Washington State owns a 52-29-1 series advantage in the series that dates back to 1900. The Husky men seek to win in consecutive trips to Pullman for the first time since 1931.

Featured Events: The throwing circle will be the center of attention this weekend as a fierce battle is anticipated in the men's shot put and discus. Washington sophomore Ben Lindsey squares off with WSU junior Ian Waltz, the defending Pac-10 shot put and discus champion. Waltz boasts the nation's second best shot put effort of 62-11 1/4. That mark is just one inch farther than Lindsey's third-ranked put of 62-10 1/4. Waltz has a Pac-10 leading discus mark of 206-0 while Lindsey ranks third at 202-7. Lindsey has not lost an outdoor discus or shot competition this spring to another collegian.

Athletes of the Week: Two Washington track & field competitors were honored April 6 as winners of the Pac-10 Athlete of the Week award. Ja'Warren Hooker won both the 200 meters (21.39) and 400 meters (46.42) at the Washington Classic on April 4. His 400 time ranks No. 3 among all-time UW competitors. Senior Aretha Hill took top honors in the discus (199-7) and shot put (48-11 1/2) one week after setting an American Collegiate discus record (215-3).

Frosh Phenom: Freshman sprint sensation Ja'Warren Hooker doesn't appear content to stop at one national championship. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. He is undefeated in three outdoor 100-meter races to date, winning at Fresno State (10.60) and at the prestigious Stanford Invitational with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10.28. That is the third-fastest time in Washington history, just .02 behind the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. Hooker was busy last Saturday as he practiced as a wide receiver with the Husky football team in the morning before winning the 400 (46.42) and 200 (21.39) meters in the afternoon. He is undefeated in five outdoor sprint races this spring.

Big Ben: Sophomore weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) appears poised to improve on his 1997 All-American ninth-place discus performance as a freshman. Lindsey improved his personal best by nearly 10 feet on March 28 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. Lindsey has already assured himself a spot at the NCAA championships in two events, reaching automatic qualifying standards in the discus (202-7) and shot put (62-10 3/4). He has a 2-0 record in shot put competitions this spring and has not lost to another collegian in three discus outings. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus championship three times and claimed two prep shot put titles.

Hill Highlights: Senior Aretha Hill (Renton HS) made history on March 28 in San Diego, registering the finest discus performance ever by an American collegian and the second-best by an American female competitor. Her heave of 215-feet, 3-inches improved her previous school record (199-4) by nearly 16 feet to set a new Pac-10 record. The only American woman with a superior throw is Carol Cady (216-10 in 1986) and the only better collegiate mark was by Arizona's Meg Ritchie (221-5 in 1981). Hill competed for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, placing 35th at the Centennial Olympics with a toss of 183-10. She is a three-time NCAA discus All-American, placing fourth in 1997, third in 1996 and seventh in 1995. Hill, the 1996 Pac-10 discus championship, won the last two Penn Relay discus titles, including a meet-record throw of 189-6 in 1996. She has also reached the NCAA provisional shot put mark with a heave of 51-5. Hill has won all four discus competitions she has taken part in this year and won both of her shot put outings.

Last Year's UW/WSU Dual Meet: Aretha Hill set a new school discus record and senior Edward Turner won three events on April 5, 1997 in the AT&T Great American Dual Meet at Husky Stadium. They helped the Husky track & field teams sweep both the men's and women's team titles from cross-state rival Washington State for only the second time ever. Washington won 11 of 19 men's events to outpoint the Cougars 103-99. The Huskies have won two consecutive dual meets against the WSU men for the first time since 1967. The Huskies claimed titles in 11 of 17 women's events to win 100.5-80.5 and register their sixth straight victory over WSU. Hill's winning discus heave of 196-feet, 7-inches improved her NCAA qualifying mark and eclipsed her own school standard of 195-9 set while winning last year's Pacific-10 Conference championship. The Renton High School product also won the shot put (49-3). Two other Washington women were double-event winners. Sophomore Keisha Griffis won the 100 (14.32) and 400-meter hurdles (1:00.78) while sophomore Michelle Reid had the top long jump (18-5 1/2) and triple jump (38-9 3/4) performances. Turner turned in the fastest men's 100 (10.91) and 200 meter (21.93) times along with the winning long jump (23-11) effort. Husky senior Brice Newton reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard while winning the 800-meters with a time of 1:48.39. Sophomores Tyson Allen, Bernard Lagat and Ian Waltz each won two events for the Cougars. Allen won the 110 (14.85) and 400-meter hurdle (53.05) competitions. Lagat won the 1,500 (3:46.02) and 5,000-meter (14:28.68) races. Waltz recorded the best shot put (60-5 1/4) and discus (191-6) marks.

NCAA Championship Qualifying Procedures: Marks which reach automatic standards guarantee berths to the 1998 NCAA Championship Meet, June 3-6 in Buffalo, New York. 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: Nine Washington athletes have already reached NCAA qualifying standards in 11 events, including three automatic qualifying marks. Senior Aretha Hill owns the nation's best women's discus effort, a mark of 215-3 that is the second longest throw in collegiate history, the longest by an American collegian. Sophomore Ben Lindsey reached the automatic standards in both the discus (202-7) and shot put (62-10 1/4). Last year Washington sent three men and two women to the NCAA Championship meet in Bloomington, Ind. Hill earned All-America accolades for a fourth-place discus performance (190-7) and Lindsey for a ninth-place discus effort (187-2). Brice Newton finished 12th in the men's 1,500 meters (3:55.91), Christian Belz was 23rd in the steeplechase (9:15.31) and Keisha Griffis 18th in the women's 400-meter hurdles (59.17).

Washington's 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Automatic Qualifiers (3)    Event   Mark        Year    Hometown (High School/JC)

Women (1) Aretha Hill Discus 215-3 Sr. Renton, Wash. (Renton HS)

Men (2) Ben Lindsey Discus 202-7 So. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS) Ben Lindsey Shot Put 62-10 1/4 So. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)

Provisional Qualifiers (8) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC)

Women (4) Anna Aoki 10,000 meters 34:56.62 So. Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS) Aretha Hill Shot Put 51-5 Sr. Renton, Wash. (Renton HS) Danelle Kabush 3,000 meters 9:34.92 Sr. Courtenay, B.C. (George Vanier) Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters 35:00.26 Jr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (4) Christian Belz 5,000 meters 14:13.88 Jr. Bolligen, Switzerland Craig Connors Pole Vault 17-3 Sr. Clackamas, Ore. (Clackamas CC) Ja'Warren Hooker 100 meters 10.28 Fr. Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS) Derek Prior 400 meters 46.13 Jr. San Jose, Calif. (San Jose JC)

Next Week: Saturday, April 18 -- UW Track & Field at Pepsi Invitational Meet; Eugene, Ore., 11:00 a.m.

Track Tidbits: Two individuals and one relay squad represented the Huskies at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet in Indianapolis. Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker won the 55-meter championship (6.13), Washington's first track & field title since 1988 (Jennifer Ponath, shot put) and the first by a UW male since 1986 (Mike Ramos, decathlon). Sophomore Ben Lindsey finished fifth in the shot put (62-5 3/4). The 4 x 400 relay group of Hooker, B.J. Dawson, Scott Anabel and Derek Prior placed eight (3:10.60) . . . Two of the six (3 men, 3 women) discus throwers from the 1996 United States Olympic Team were Huskies. Coach Ken Shannon trained both current Husky Aretha Hill (35th in Atlanta) and former Washington men's thrower Adam Setliff (12th in Atlanta).

Huskies in the Pac-10 Rankings: The following individuals are Washington athletes who rank among the top-six in their respective events on the weekly Pacific-10 Conference best list published April 21:

Men                                             Women           
100 meters      Ed Turner       2nd 10.54       10,000 meters   Anna Aoki           1st 35:11.46
200 meters      Ed Turner       4th 21.03                       Deeja Youngquist    2nd 35:49.53
800 meters      Brice Newton    2nd 1:48.39     400m Hurdles    Keisha Griffis      4th 58.77
1,500 meters    Brice Newton    5th 3:44.90     High Jump       Makare Desilets     5th 5-10
Steeplechase    Christian Belz  4th 8:58.31     Triple Jump     Michelle Reid       3rd 40-8 1/4
High Jump       Rob Reynolds    5th 6-11 i      Shot Put        Aretha Hill         4th 50-2
Pole Vault      Br;yan Madche   6th 17-4 1/2                    Sesilia Thomas      5th 49-5 1/2
Long Jump       Ed Turner       3rd 24-7        Discus          Aretha Hill         3rd 196-7
Shot Put        Ben Lindsey     5th 59-7 3/4    Hammer          Aretha Hill         6th 162-7
Discus          Ben Lindsey     6th 186-4       Heptathlon      Carolyn Parker      5th 4,179
Decathlon       E.J. Iddings    3rd 6,991   

Super Sprinter: Junior Ed Turner (Los Angeles, Calif.) is emerging as one of the finest sprinters in the West. He boasts the third best 200-meter time in the Pac-10 (20.80) this year and has won five of six races this season. In the 100 meters, Turner ranks No. 4 in the conference (10.43) and has won three of five races. Turner's times are NCAA provisional qualifiers and rank No. 4 (100m) and No. 5 (200m) all-time at Washington. He also ranks third among Pac-10 competitors in the long jump (25-0) and 400 meters (46.51). In 1995, Turner placed third in the 100 and long jump and was fifth in the 200 meters at the Pac-10 championships. Turner ran the 200 meters at the 1995 NCAA outdoor championships and the 1996 indoor meet. Turner won three events and ran on a winning relay, May 4 against Oregon.

Husky Automatic Qualifiers: Two Washington athletes have already eclipsed automatic NCAA qualifying standards, ensuring themselves an invitation to the 1996 championship meet. Senior Tara Carlson, a 1995 cross country All-American and two-time NCAA track championships competitor, hit both the NCAA 3,000- and 5,000-meter standards. Her times of 9:16.56 in the 3,000m and 15:55.79 over 5,000 meters each represent the second fastest performances ever by a Washington woman. Sophomore Aretha Hill is in position to improve on last season's seventh-place NCAA discus performance that earned her All-America acclaim. Hill registered a school-record 189-foot, 6-inch discus toss to guarantee an NCAA berth. Hill also registered NCAA provisional qualifiers in the shot put (51-0 3/4) and hammer (153-8). Including Hill, the Huskies have amassed 14 NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Newton is Honored: Washington senior Brice Newton was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's track Athlete of the Week on April 14 after winning the 800 meters at the Washington State dual meet, April 12 with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:48.39. That is the fourth-best 800-meter time in Husky history and currently ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 runners. Newton also finished second in the 1,500 meters against the Cougars in 3:48.66.

Two-Sport Star: Freshman Makare Desilets already made a name for herself on the volleyball court, helping the Husky spikers to a berth in the 1996 NCAA Tournament. The Vancouver, B.C. native made an impressive track & field debut March 29, reaching the NCAA provisional high jump standard in her first meet. Desilets cleared 5-feet, 10-inches in San Luis Obispo, Calif. to match the qualifying standard. That was the fifth best effort in Husky history.

Magnificent Margaret: Freshman distance specialist Margaret Butler reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 5,000 meters on March 23 at Stanford. Her time of 16:45.6 is a new Canadian Junior record. The West Vancouver, B.C. native also boasts the team's best 3,000-meter time (9:50.72) and ranks second in the 1,500 (4:34.00).

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