Jan. 18, 2001
SEATTLE--A week after posting some nice marks at the Early Bird Invitational, the Husky track teams return to Cheney, Wash., for another round of competition at the Jerry Martin Invitational.
The travel list features mostly sprinters, jumpers and throwers along with a few others.
Head Coach Orin Richburg said the meet will allow the same type of opportunity for the squad as the Early Bird meet-- a meet that puts the athletes into competition but not in a high pressure situation.
"It will be similar to what we did last week in terms of the events, the only difference being that we will add Ja'Warren (Hooker) in the 400 and the short dash," Richburg said. "This meet will be an indicator for us to try and choose the kids that we will take to Colorado Springs for the meet with the Air Force Academy and Texas-El Paso in a few weeks."
There will be a few tweaks in the event format from last week's Early Bird meet. Instead of a distance medley, the teams will run a 4x800-meter relay and a 400-meter run will be offered in place of the 500-meter event.
" The change to a 400 meter and a 4x800 will give us a chance to move some of the kids around in terms of getting closer to their specialties," Richburg said. "It will remain a low-key meet, but it will give us a chance to up-tempo our workouts and get into competition to see what kind of training we need to do now and down the line."
*Best in the U.S.?
Husky senior sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker was ranked eighth in the United States in the 400 meters for the year 2000 by Track & Field News. The publication listed the top ten athletes in the world and the U.S. for each event in its February edition.