Jan. 29, 2000
RENO, Nev. - Sophomore vaulter Sandy Erickson today became the fourth Husky to qualify for March's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a personal-best 11'-11.75" vault at the University of Nevada's Silver State Invitational. Erickson was one of 13 vaulters to best the provisional qualifying mark at the Silver State meet.
The Husky sophomore joins sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, thrower Seselia Thomas, and distance runner Melinda Campbell on the short list of Huskies qualified for the 2000 NCAA indoor meet.
Hooker, the 1998 NCAA Champion in the 55-meter dash, inched closer to a chance to regain his title, posting a season-best time of 6.19 seconds in the preliminary heat before capturing the event title in 6.20 seconds. The day was not all roses for the Husky speedster, however, as teammate Derek Prior handed Hooker his first loss of 2000 by six tenths of a second in the 400 meters. Prior's season-best mark of 47.42 seconds in the event was just shy of a qualifying mark. Prior earned All-American honors with a 10th-place finish in the 400 at the national indoor meet.
Meanwhile, senior thrower Seselia Thomas continued to roll, placing fourth in the shot put with a 49'-0.75" heave, just nine inches short of her NCAA-qualifying throw at Ohio State's Buckeye Invitational on Jan. 22.
With the first month of the 2000 season behind them, the Huskies will take a break this weekend before heading to the McDonald's Scoring Invitational February 11-12.