Feb. 12, 2000
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Husky men's and women's track and field teams combined to win 17 events this weekend en route to dual meet sweeps over Eastern Washington, Western Oregon, and host Idaho at the Moscow McDonald's Scoring Invitational.
Husky sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker remained undefeated in sprint races in 2000, capturing victories in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes. Hooker's time of 6.64 seconds in the 60m shaved one hundredth of a second off his previous season best, and fell just two hundredths of a second short of the automatic qualifying standard for March's NCAA Indoor Championships. Hooker doubled his fun with a 21.09-second victory in the 200m, pushing his record to 7-0 at distances under 400m in 2000.
Hooker was by no means the only Husky who made waves in Idaho's Kibbie Dome. Seniors Margaret Butler and Cami Matson floored the competition in the mile run, crossing the line 12 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor. Butler's time of 4:50.71 and Matson's time of 4:51.04, both career-bests, were both just seconds shy of the NCAA's provisional qualifying standard. Butler and Matson also teamed up for a 1-2 finish and personal bests in the 800m, crossing the line in 2:15.92 and 2:16.25, respectively.
Other Huskies to capture event titles in Moscow included senior Matt Phillips in the pole vault (16'-2.75"), senior David Bazzi in the mile (4:14.42), sophomore Kelsey Sheppard in the 400 meters (55.61 seconds), senior Seselia Thomas in the shot put (48'-2.75"), sophomore Sandy Erickson in the pole vault (11'-5.75"), senior Greg Barber in the 55m hurdles (7.86 seconds), senior Chelsie Pentz in the 200 meters (24.86 seconds), senior Anna Aoki in the 3,000 meters (9:49.97), senior Jason Fayant in the 3,000 meters (8:29.58), senior Geoff Perry in the 800 meters (1:53.62), the women's 4x400 meter relay squad (3:45.09), the men's distance medley relay squad (10:08.83) and the women's distance medley relay squad (12:03.46).
The Huskies return to Idaho on Friday for the first day of the two-day Vandal Invitational.