April 28, 1998
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Washington freshman Ja'Warren Hooker, who won the 100-meter championship last weekend at the prestigious Drake Relays, was named the Pacific-10 Conference track & field athlete of the week, Commissioner Thomas Hansen announced Tuesday.
Hooker clocked a winning time of 10.41 seconds despite adverse winds during the Drake finals on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. He is undefeated in 11 races during the 1998 outdoor season, including seven straight 100-meter victories.
The sprint standout also participated on two Washington relay teams at Drake. He led off the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay unit that placed second with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:05.21 and anchored the third-place 4 x 100 quartet.
Hooker is the first athlete honored twice by the conference this season. He was also named the Pac-10's top athlete for the week of April 6.
A product of Ellensburg (Wash.) High School, Hooker won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter championship with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. He registered season-best times of 10.28 in the 100 meters and 20.84 in the 200 that currently lead all Pac-10 competitors.
Hooker is scheduled to race Saturday at Husky Stadium when the Washington track and field team hosts Colorado and Idaho. The running events begin at noon.