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Track and Field Anticipates Trip to San Diego
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 6, 1999

The Schedule: Saturday, April 10 - UW Track & Field at San Diego State Quad Meet,12:30 p.m. PDT Arco Olympic Training Center; San Diego, Calif.

This Week: San Diego is known to many as the home of the Padres and Chargers. The Washington track & field team knows it as the home of favorable winds and ideal conditions for its throwers. The Husky men's and women's track & field teams travel to California this weekend to compete in the San Diego State Quad Meet on Saturday, April 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Washington will be joined by Michigan and New Mexico in a men's scored tri-meet. The UW women compete in a four-team scored meet with Michigan, New Mexico and host San Diego State. The Huskies have a 13-1 record in women's scored meets and are 12-2 in men's action this season.

Sweet San Diego: Washington discus throwers have thrived in San Diego meets the last two years. Aretha Hill set an American Collegiate Record of 215-3 on March 28, 1998 in San Diego. That was the second best discus mark ever by an American women. A senior last year, Hill is now on the Washington coaching staff. Junior Ben Lindsey posted his season-best mark of 200-4 on March 27 at the UC San Diego Spring Break Open. The only better performance by the two-time discus All-American was a career-best heave of 202-7 posted in, you guessed it, San Diego on March 28, 1998.

Big Ben: Junior weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) already has earned three All-America awards. He improved upon a ninth-place NCAA discus effort his freshman year with a fifth-place performance (193-1) last spring. A similar improvement this season would put him in position to challenge for the national title. Lindsey reached the NCAA automatic qualifying standard with a discus throw of 200-4 on March 27 in San Diego, Calif. That is just shy of his career-best mark as he registered a 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. Also a standout shot putter, Lindsey was the 1998 Pac-10 runner-up and finished fifth (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoors. His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2, 1998 at Husky Stadium was a two-foot improvement on his career best and 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 crowns.

Athlete of the Week: Washington sophomore Justin St. Clair was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's track & field athlete of the week on April 6. St. Clair reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the javelin with a winning mark of 225-feet, 9-inches during the Washington Outdoor Classic on April 3 at Husky Stadium. He added over three feet to his previous career-best javelin performance, registering a mark that ranks ninth among all-time Husky javelin competitors. A product of Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School, St. Clair finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championship Meet last spring.

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 64-21 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.

Track Tidbits: Two individuals represented Washington at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Anna Aoki and senior Derek Prior. Aoki, a 13th-place 3,000-meter finisher at the 1997 NCAA Indoors, finished 12th in the 5,000 meters with a career-best time of 16:33.51. Prior, who is red-shirting the outdoor season, was fourth in his preliminary heat of the men's 400 meters with a time of 47.27 that did not enable him to advance.

Last Week (UW Outdoor Classic): Sophomore Justin St. Clair registered an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with the ninth-best men's javelin throw in Washington history and junior Chris Withey broke her own school record in the women's pole vault on April 3 during the Washington Outdoor Classic track & field meet at Husky Stadium. Washington won the men's and women's titles in the six-team competition. The Huskies outpointed runner-up Eastern Washington 93-47 in women's competition and 88-62.5 in men's action. St. Clair unleashed a winning javelin throw of 225-feet, 9-inches to add over three feet to his previous career best and handily eclipse the NCAA provisional standard of 219-19. Withey was nearly one foot better than her closest pole vault rival with a clearance of 11-5 3/4 to improve the school record of 11-0 1/4 that she established last season. Washington sophomore Chelsie Pentz dominated the women's sprint events, winning the 100- (12.07) and 200-meter (24.69) races. Husky junior Ben Lindsey claimed titles in two events. He had a winning discus throw of 186-2 and a winning shot put of 57-7 3/4. Sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker made his 1999 outdoor debut after battling a stress fracture in his left shin. Hooker competed in the 100-meter event and led for most of the race before being overtaken at the finish line by senior teammate Willem Ryan who had a career-best time of 10.48. Eastern Washington's Johnnie Williams placed second in 10.54 and Hooker clocked a time of 10.57. Other Washington women's events winners included: Monique Glass in the 400 meters (56.40), Patrice Davis in the 100-meter hurdles (14.24), Zunilda Ogarro in the long jump (17-11 3/4), Sesilia Thomas in the shot put (48-2 1/2), Cecilia Barnes in the discus (155-8) and Rebecca Morrison in the hammer (164-8). Additional winners for the Washington men included: James Mackey in the 400 meters (48.49), Chris Ledford in the 1,500 meters (3:51.58), Ben Meyer in the 110 hurdles (14.2), Dan Johnston in the 400 hurdles (53.32), James Day in the steeplechase (9:23.68) and Matt Phillips in the pole vault (16-11 1/2).

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: Six Washington athletes have reached NCAA qualifying standards in seven 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 has also reached the NCAA provisional standard in the 3,000 meters (9:33.70). Junior Ben Lindsey, a two-time discus All-American, ensured his third straight NCAA appearance with an automatic discus mark of 200-4. Freshman Cecilia Barnes burst onto the collegiate scene with an NCAA provisional discus mark (167-0) on March 20 in Sacramento, Calif. The men's team features provisional qualifiers Jacob Predmore, who reached the decathlon standard on April 1-2 in Davis, Calif. (7,213), and Justin St. Clair in the javelin (225-9).

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             Mark   Year     Hometown (High School/JC)
Women (2)
Anna Aoki                  10,000 meters   34:05.30   Jr.     Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS)
Deeja Youngquist           10,000 meters   34:04.70   Sr.     Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (1) Ben Lindsey Discus 200-4 Jr. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)

Provisional Qualifiers (4) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC) Women (2) Cecilia Barnes Discus 167-0 Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West) Deeja Youngquist 3,000 meters 9:33.70 Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (2) Jacob Predmore Decathlon 7,213 Jr. Duvall, Wash. (Cedarcrest HS) Justin St. Clair Javelin 225-9 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Franklin Pierce HS)

Next Week: Saturday, April 17 -- UW Track & Field vs. Washington State (dual meet); Seattle, Wash.

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