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Track and Field Teams Compete in the Washington Outdoor Classic
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 1, 1998

The Schedule: Saturday, April 4 -- UW Track & Field hosts Washington Outdoor Classic -- Seattle, Wash.; Husky Stadium

This Week: The Husky men's and women's track & field teams hosts their first home scored meet of the 1998 season this Saturday, April 4 at Husky Stadium. The Washington Outdoor Classic features teams from Eastern Washington, Portland, Portland State, Seattle Pacific, Utah State and Western Oregon. All seven teams compete in a scored competition along with separate dual-meet scores between Washington, Utah State, EWU and Portland.

The Washington women are undefeated this season with a 3-0 overall record, 1-0 in dual meets. The Husky men have a 2-1 overall record, 0-1 in dual-meet competition. 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 is the 4 x 400 relay at 4:55 p.m.

The Schedule: Following is the schedule for the Washington Outdoor Classic Meet, April 4 (All times are Pacific):

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

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.

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 will be busy this spring, competing in track meets while also practicing as a receiver on the Husky football team.

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 last weekend in San Diego with a fourth-place 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 (62-9). He placed fourth in the discus last year at the prestigious Penn Relays on April 25 with a mark of 178-5. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus championship three times and claimed two prep shot put titles.

Last Week (UC San Diego Invitational): Washington senior Aretha Hill broke the school and Pacific-10 Conference women's discus record on March 28 in San Diego. Her winning throw of 215-feet, 3-inches eclipsed the conference standard of 214-0 established by her 1996 U.S. Olympic teammate Suzy Powell of UCLA in 1997. Hill, a product of Renton (Wash.) High School, improved her own school record of by a stunning 15-feet, 11-inches. The previous Husky record of 199-4 was set by Hill on March 21 at the Fresno Quad Meet. Hill's performance is the best every by an American collegian and the second best mark in collegiate history behind Meg Ritchie's 221-5 in 1981. Hill's mark was the second best ever by an American thrower, trailing only the national record of 216-10 established by Carol Cady in 1986. Also in San Diego, Husky sophomore Ben Lindsey was the top collegiate men's discus thrower in an elite field. Lindsey, a Lynnwood (Wash.) High School graduate, improved his personal best by nearly 10 feet with a fourth-place mark of 202-7 that is the third best in Washington history. The second best mark ever by a Husky was achieved by Adam Setliff who registered a winning performance of 224-7 in San Diego while competing for USA Throw.

Last Week (Stanford Invitational): Three Washington athletes won track & field events, including freshman sprint sensation Ja'Warren Hooker who outraced the men's 100-meter field at the Stanford Invitational on March 28-29. Hooker, a 1997 graduate of Ellensburg (Wash.) High School, reached the NCAA provisional standard by winning the 100 meters in 10.28 seconds. He edged runner-up Jeff Laynes, a world-class competitor for the Nike Track Club who finished in 10.30. Hooker's time was the third-fastest in Washington history, just .02 seconds behind the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. Husky junior Derek Prior won the men's 400-meter race in 46.13, the second best time in school history. Orlando McKay set the UW school record of 45.81 in 1990. Sophomore Anna Aoki won the women's 10,000-meter competition in 34:55.62 and junior Deeja Youngquist posted a second-place time of 35:00.26.

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 (62-9). 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        62-9      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 11 -- UW Track & Field at Washington State Dual Meet Mooberry Track; Pullman, Wash. 11:00 a.m.

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