Feb. 19, 2000
MOSCOW, Idaho - Huskies Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) and Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood, Wash.)each took home event championships as the University of Washington track and field team earned a slew of victories at the two-day Vandal Indoor/McDonald's II Invitational at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.
Hooker opened the scoring for Washington Friday with his fifth consecutive 60-meter victory of the 2000 season, crossing the line in a season-best 6.63 seconds, just one hundredth of a second shy of the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard. With the win, the 1998 55-meter indoor champion remained undefeated in sprint races in 200, upping his record to 8-0 at distances under 400 meters.
Not to be outdone, three-time All American senior thrower Ben Lindsey made his 2000 debut Friday in dramatic fashion. Lindsey captured the discus title by nearly two feet over Washington State's Ian Waltz, and bested the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the shot put with a 59'-8.5" heave that was good for third.
Also on Friday, sophomore Kelsey Sheppard (400m) and seniors Seselia Thomas (shot put) and Geoff Perry (mile) posted victories, while freshmen Matt Phillips (pole vault) and Jamara Smith (60m dash), sophomores Zee Ogarro (long jump) and Sandy Erickson (pole vault), and senior Ben Meyer (55m hurdles) all pulled down victories in Saturday's competition.
Washington opens the postseason Friday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Championships, the final event before the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships, Mar. 10-11.