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Track & Field Teams Head to Pepsi Team Invitational
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 4, 1999

This Week: The Washington men's and women's track & field teams travel to Eugene, Ore. to compete against two quality collegiate foes, Saturday, May 8 at the annual Pepsi Team Invitational. Joining the Huskies at historic Hayward Field are Nebraska and Northwest rival Oregon. The meet is a scored affair which begins at noon with the women's javelin and men's hammer. The running events commence at 1:45 p.m. with the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The meet will be scored two different ways. A three-team scoring system will be implemented with all three teams participating along with a dual-meet tally to be tabulated between Oregon and Washington.

The Schedule:

Saturday, May 8
UW Track & Field at Pepsi Team Invitational
Hayward Field; Eugene, Ore.
12 noon - field events, 1:45 p.m. - track events

Television Timetable: The Pepsi Team Invitational will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest on a delayed basis. The meet will air throughout the Northwest in a two-hour package on Monday, May 10 at 2 p.m. Todd McKim, the sports director from KVAL-TV in Eugene, will call the action with analysis from Tom Jordan and Tom Feuer.

Scoring System: International scoring will be implemented for the three-team competition with each team eligible to score two competitors in every individual event and one unit in the relays. A 7-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system will be used for individual events with the first-place finisher earning seven points and the next five finishers scoring points in descending order. Relay events will be scored 7-5-4. Also tabulated will be a dual-meet score between Washington and Oregon. The two Northwest rivals began vying in dual-meet fashion back in 1900, including competition every season since 1946. The Husky men boast a 16-3 record in scored meets this season, including a 4-0 dual-meet mark. The Washington women are 16-4 overall and have a 3-1 dual-meet record.

The UO/UW Series: Oregon leads both dual-meet series with Washington, despite being swept by the Huskies last season in Seattle for the first time since 1990. The Ducks own a 57-30 advantage in men's competitions dating back to 1900 and a 17-5 margin in women's meets that began in 1977. The Washington men edged Oregon 82-81 last year in Seattle and won 108-95 during 1997 in Eugene. That marks the first back-to-back series wins for the Huskies since 1967-68. The Washington women, who prevailed 88.5-68.5 last season in Seattle, have not won in Eugene since a 66-61 triumph in their inaugural meeting during 1977.

Last Meeting: Ja'Warren Hooker and Ben Lindsey each won two men's events while Marzette Penton and Aretha Hill were women's double winners on May 9, 1998 at Husky Stadium, helping the Washington track and field teams sweep Oregon in a dual meet for only the second time in history. Hooker won the 100 meters in a meet-record time of 10.29 and also won the 200 in 20.90. He ran a leg on both winning Washington relays, including an opening leg on the 1,600-meter relay event that concluded the meet. The Huskies overcame an 81-77 deficit with a relay victory, sparked by Hooker's lead leg that opened a large margin en route to the quartet's meet-record 3:07.65 performance. The Huskies won 82-81 in the men's competition, securing their first back-to-back dual-meet victories over Oregon since 1967-68. The defeat spoiled the final dual-meet outing for Oregon under legendary, 26th-year Coach Bill Dellinger who retired following the 1998 season. The Washington women registered an 85.5 to 68.5 victory, the first time the UW men and women defeated Oregon during the same meet since 1990. Hill topped the fields in both the women's discus (191-1) and shot put (49-1) while Penton outraced all competition in the 100 (12.04) and 200-meter (24.77) events. The UW women won 12 of 18 events. Lindsey replicated Hill's feat on the men's side, winning the discus (191-2) and shot put (63-0). He led the Husky men who won 10 of 19 events.

Dynamic Distance Duo: Washington features two of the finest women's distance runners in the nation. Both junior Anna Aoki and senior Deeja Youngquist have reached the NCAA automatic 10,000-meter qualifying standard. Youngquist owns the Pac-10's best time of 34:04.70, a mark that ranks No. 6 nationally. The defending conference 10K champion, Aoki has a time of 34:05.30 that ranks second in the Pac-10 and No. 7 nationally. The two UW runners have also reached the NCAA provisional standards in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events. Aoki clocked times of 9:36.86 and 16:45.73 while Youngquist has times of 9:33.70 and 16:46.58. They both made their NCAA championship meet debuts last spring in Buffalo, N.Y. Aoki placed 17th in the 10,000 meters and Youngquist was 20th.

Speedy Sophomore: Sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker's quest to defend his NCAA Indoor 55-meter championship was sidetracked as he missed the majority of the 1999 indoor campaign with a stress fracture in his left shin. His 1998 triumph in the 55-meters was Washington's first NCAA track title since 1988. Hooker's attempt to defend his Drake Relays 100-meter crown was halted when his hamstring tightened during a preliminary heat. Hooker returned from the stress fracture to compete in April. He posted a team-best time of 10.46 in the 100 meters on April 10 in San Diego. Hooker raced to victories in the 100 (10.55) and 200 (21.40) at the Washington Tri-Meet on Saturday and is expected to compete in both events this weekend at Oregon. He hopes to be healthy enough to defend his 1998 conference 100- and 200-meter titles. As a freshman, Hooker was named the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference male track and field Athlete of the Year. He became the first double-event winner in Husky history at the Pac-10 championship meet, winning the 100- and 200-meter titles. After opening the 1998 outdoor season with 21 consecutive sprint victories, Hooker was beaten for the first time in the finals of the NCAA championships in Buffalo, N.Y. where he finished third. Last year, Hooker established a new school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.18, and boasts the fifth best 200-meter time in UW history with a mark of 20.70. He is the first Washington athlete to garner conference athlete of the year honors since 1976 when the award was introduced. Hooker played receiver on the Husky football team the last two seasons. As a freshman in 1997 he scored four touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return at Arizona the first time he touched the ball as a collegian. Hooker appeared in eight games during 1998, catching nine passed for 78 yards before a shoulder injury ended his season. Hooker did not participate in spring football drills during 1999.

Big Ben: Washington junior Ben Lindsey was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's track & field athlete of the week on April 12. Lindsey boasts the nation's third-best discus performance this year, tops in the Pac-10, when he heaved the disc an NCAA automatic qualifying distance of 200-8 to win on April 10 at the San Diego State Quad Meet. That is just shy of his career-best mark as he registered a discus throw of 202-7 on March 28, 1998 in San Diego that is the third longest in Washington history. The school record of 214-7 was set by Borys Chambul in 1976. The three-time All-American improved upon a ninth-place NCAA discus effort his freshman year with a fifth-place performance (193-1) last spring. Also a standout shot putter, Lindsey was the 1998 Pac-10 runner-up and finished fifth (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor championships. He reached the NCAA provisional standard on April 17 with a put of 60-4 1/2. His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2, 1998 at Husky Stadium 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 championships.

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 67-22 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.

Huskies in the Pac-10 Rankings: The following individuals are Washington athletes who rank among the top-eight in their respective events on the weekly Pacific-10 Conference best list published May 3:

Men

100 meters         Ja'Warren Hooker      6th        10.46
Steeplechase       Paul Harkins          5th      9:11.33
110m Hurdles       Ben Meyer             4th        14.24
                   Joshua Renz           7th       14.44h
4 x 100 Relay      Washington            5th        40.66
4 x 400 Relay      Washington            8th      3:15.97
Pole Vault         Matt Phillips         8th    16-11 1/2
Long Jump          Jacob Predmore        5th     24-3 1/2
Shot Put           Ben Lindsey           4th     60-4 1/2
Discus             Ben Lindsey           1st        200-8
Javelin            Justin St. Clair      2nd        231-3
                   Rob Minnitti          4th       222-10
Decathlon          Jacob Predmore        2nd        7,213
Women
5,000 meters       Anna Aoki             7th     16:36.23i
10,000 meters      Deeja Youngquist      1st     34:04.70
                   Anna Aoki             2nd     34:05.30
400m Hurdles       Keisha Griffis        3rd        58.05
                   Lara Kelley           8th        59.94
4 x 100 Relay      Washington            8th        46.46
4 x 400 Relay      Washington            6th      3:41.92
Shot Put           Sesilia Thomas        5th    48-11 3/4
Discus             Cecilia Barnes        7th        167-0
Javelin            Heather Reichmann     3rd       146-11
Last Week (Washington Tri-Meet): Sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker sprinted to victories in the 100- and 200-meter races Saturday to lead the Washington men to a team triumph and Utah State edged the Huskies in women's competition during the Washington Tri-Meet at Husky Stadium. The Husky men amassed 141 points to claim the men's title over Utah State (130) and Idaho (81). The Utah State women had a winning total of 142 points followed by Washington (136.5) and Idaho (85.5). Hooker clocked speedy times of 10.55 in the 100 meters and 21.40 in the 200 despite gusting winds that forced the cancellation of the men's pole vault event. A product of Ellensburg (Wash.) High School, Hooker is tuning up for the Pacific-10 Conference championships later this month where he seeks to defend his 100- and 200-meter titles. Washington freshman Heather Reichmann, a graduate of Seattle's King's High School, remained undefeated in women's javelin competition. She won for the third consecutive week, registering a throw of 141-feet, 2-inches. A member of the Husky women's basketball team, Reichmann did not begin practicing with the track & field squad until mid-April.

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: Nine Washington athletes have reached NCAA qualifying standards in 14 events, including three 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 (9:33.70 / 16:46.58) and Aoki (9:36.86 / 16:45.73) have also reached the NCAA provisional standards in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events. Junior Ben Lindsey, a two-time discus All-American, ensured his third straight NCAA appearance with an automatic discus mark of 200-8. He is also a provisional shot put qualifier (60-4 1/2). Senior Keisha Griffis has an NCAA provisional time of 58.05 that should earn her third straight NCAA 400-meter hurdle berth.

1998 NCAA Recap: Washington sent five women along with three men's individual qualifiers and a relay team to the 1998 NCAA Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Six Huskies claimed All-America awards: 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 (3)

Event(s) Mark NCAA Rank Year Women (2) Anna Aoki 10,000 meters 34:05.30 7th Jr. Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters 34:04.70 6th Sr.

Men (1) Ben Lindsey Discus 200-8 3rd Jr.

Provisional Qualifiers (11)

Event(s) Mark NCAA Rank Year Women (7) Anna Aoki 3,000 meters 9:36.86 43rd Jr. 5,000 meters 16:45.73 41st Cecilia Barnes Discus 167-0 25th Fr. Keisha Griffis 400m Hurdles 58.05 10th Sr. Kara Syrdal 5,000 meters 16:47.31 47th So. Deeja Youngquist 3,000 meters 9:33.70 35th Sr. 5,000 meters 16:46.58 43rd

Men (4) Ben Lindsey Shot Put 60-4 1/2 11th Jr. Rob Minnitti Javelin 222-10 20th Fr. Jacob Predmore Decathlon 7,213 17th Jr. Justin St. Clair Javelin 231-3 8th So.

Next Week:
Sat., May 15 - UW Track & Field at Seattle Pacific Invitational - Husky Stadium

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