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Annual Dual Meet with Oregon up Next for UW Tracksters
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 5, 1998

The Schedule:       Sat., May  9 -- UW Track & Field vs. Oregon (Dual Meet) 
    10:00 a.m.      Husky Stadium;  Seattle, Wash. 

This Week: The Washington men's and women's track & field teams compete Saturday, May 9 at Husky Stadium, entertaining the Oregon Ducks in their annual dual meet. Oregon and the Huskies met on April 18 in Eugene at the four-team Pepsi Invitational. The Ducks won both the men's and women's team titles while Washington was the runner-up in each. The Pepsi meet utilized a four-team scoring system, so the rematch under dual-meet conditions could produce a different result. The Washington women boast a 7-1 dual-meet record this season while the Husky men are 6-2. Saturday's dual meet begins with the women's hammer throw at 10:00 a.m. The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase is the first running event, scheduled for 1:45 p.m. The final event on the slate is the men's 4 x 400 relay at 4:20 p.m. A 5-3-1 scoring system will be used for individual events, 5-0 for relays.

The Series: Oregon leads both dual-meet series with the Huskies, holding a 57-29 advantage in men's competitions dating back to 1900 and a 17-4 margin in women's meets that began in 1977. The Washington men outpointed Oregon 108-95 last year in Eugene, their first win over the Ducks since 1990. The Oregon men were victorious in their last three visits to Husky Stadium, last losing in Seattle 84-79 in 1990. The Duck women prevailed 98-83 last season as the two teams have split their last four dual meetings.

Last Meeting: Ed Turner won three events and ran on both winning relay events as the Washington men defeated Oregon for the first time in seven seasons on May 10 at Hayward Field. The Huskies outpointed Oregon 108-95 in men's competition, their first victory over the Ducks since 1990. Oregon won the women's competition 98-83. Turner clocked the fastest men's 100-(10.56) and 200-meter (21.06) times along with registering a winning long jump of 24-3 1/2. He ran legs on the Husky relay teams that turned in winning times of 40.68 in the 4 x 100 and 3:13.68 in the 4 x 400. The Husky men won 12 of 19 events. Joining Turner as UW multiple-event winners were Brice Newton in the 800 (1:51.42) and 1,500 (3:49.9) along with Ben Lindsey in the shot put (56-8) and discus (178-2). Oregon won 11 of 17 women's events, paced by sprinter Sue Morris who won the 100 (12.14) and 200 (24.83). Washington's Aretha Hill won the women's discus with a meet-record toss of 192-3. Hill also won the shot put (49-3) and placed third in the hammer (152-11).

Featured Events: Men's Steeplechase-The top three steeplers in the Pac-10 square off Saturday led by 1997 Pac-10 runner-up Christian Belz of Washington. A 1997 NCAA championship meet competitor, Belz seeks to book a return trip to the NCAAs with a qualifying mark against The Ducks. His best mark of 8:54.27 is just shy of the NCAA standard. Formidable opposition comes from Oregon's Micah Davis (8:45.57) and Konrad Knutsen (8:53.83), NCAA provisional qualifiers who rank 12th and 25th, respectively and hope to elevate their national standing.

Women's 400-meter Hurdles-Saturday features a rematch of the Pepsi Invitational race between two highly ranked circular hurdle specialists. Washington junior Keisha Griffis is listed No. 7 nationally in the 400 hurdles (57.59) while Oregon counters with 15th-ranked Tish Henes (58.40). They brought out the best in each other during the previous meeting as each registered their season-best marks at the Pepsi Invitational won by Griffis with Henes in second.

Washington / Oregon Dual Meet Schedule; May 9, 1998 (All times are Pacific)

10:00 am    Hammer Throw  (women then men)
11:30 am    Javelin  (women)
12:00 pm    Long Jump (women)
12:15 pm    Javelin  (men)
12:30 pm    Pole Vault  (women)
1:00 pm Shot Put  (women)
1:10 pm High Jump (women)
1:15 pm Long Jump (men)
1:45 pm 3,000m Steeplechase  (men)
2:00 pm 3,000m  (women)
2:00 pm Triple Jump (women)
2:15 pm 4 x 100 relay  (women)
2:20 pm 4 x 100 relay  (men)
2:20 pm Discus (women)
2:25 pm 1,500m  (men)
2:30 pm Pole Vault  (men)
2:35 pm 100m hurdles  (women)
2:45 pm 110m hurdles  (men)
2:55 pm 400m  (women)
3:00 pm 400m  (men)
3:00 pm Triple Jump (men)
3:05 pm 100m  (women)
3:10 pm 100m  (men)
3:15 pm 800m  (women)
3:20 pm 800m  (men)
3:25 pm 400m hurdles  (women)
3:30 pm 400m hurdles  (men)
3:30 pm Discus (men)
3:35 pm 200m  (women)
3:40 pm 200m  (men)
3:45 pm 1,500m  (women)
3:55 pm 5,000m  (men)
4:15 pm 4 x 400 relay  (women)
4:20 pm 4 x 400 relay  (men)

Hill Highlights: Senior Aretha Hill (Renton HS) made history on March 28 in San Diego, registering the finest discus performance ever by an American collegian and the second-best by an American female competitor. Her heave of 215-feet, 3-inches improved her previous school record (199-4) by nearly 16 feet to set a new Pac-10 record. The only American woman with a superior throw is Carol Cady (216-10 in 1986) and the only better collegiate mark was by Arizona's Meg Ritchie (221-5 in 1981). Hill competed for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, placing 35th at the Centennial Olympics with a toss of 183-10.

She is a three-time NCAA discus All-American, placing fourth in 1997, third in 1996 and seventh in 1995. Hill, the 1996 Pac-10 discus championship, won the 1996 and 1997 Penn Relay discus titles, including a meet-record throw of 189-6 in 1996. She has also reached the NCAA provisional shot put mark with a heave of 51-5. Hill has won eight of the nine discus competitions she has taken part in this year, losing only to Kent State's Roberta Collins on April 23 in pursuit of her third straight Penn Relays title. Following the second-place Penn performance, Hill won the Drake Relays discus title on April 25. She topped the field in all five of her shot put outings.

Frosh Phenom: Freshman sprint sensation Ja'Warren Hooker doesn't appear content to stop at one national championship. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. He is undefeated in eight outdoor 100-meter races to date, including an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 10.18 on May 2 at Husky Stadium that is the fastest time in the Pac-10 this year and ranks No. 7 nationally. His 10.18 broke the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. Hooker is undefeated in 12 outdoor sprint races this spring, winning three 200-meter races and one in the 400 meters. He won the Drake Relays 100-meter title with a time of 10.41. Hooker took part in the first two weeks of spring drills as a receiver on the Husky football team, but did not participate in the Spring Football Game on April 25.

Big Ben: Sophomore weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) appears poised to improve on his 1997 All-American ninth-place discus performance as a freshman. Lindsey improved his personal best by nearly 10 feet on March 28 in San Diego with a discus mark of 202-7 that is the third longest in Washington history. The school record of 214-7 was set by Borys Chambul in 1976. Lindsey has already assured himself a spot at the NCAA championships in two events, reaching automatic qualifying standards in the discus (202-7) and shot put (65-4). His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2 at Husky Stadium was a two-foot improvement on his career best and is the second best effort in Husky history. The UW school shot put standard is 65-11 set by Steve Summers in 1979. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus championship three times and claimed two prep shot put titles.

Hot Hurdler: Junior Keisha Griffis (Los Angeles, Calif./Washington Prep HS) is proving that last year was no fluke. Griffis clocked a time of 57.59 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles on April 18 in Eugene, Ore. That is the seventh fastest time in the nation this season, the third-best among Pac-10 competitors. Griffis capped a brilliant 1997 season with an appearance at the NCAA Championship Meet where she finished 18th. She dramatically improved her time last season in the circular hurdles, shaving over six seconds off her quickest freshman mark to join the nation's elite hurdlers. Her career-best time of 57.35 seconds, registered May 25, 1997 in a third-place finish at the Pac-10 championships in Seattle, is the second fastest in Husky history. Griffis trails only Washington school record holder Terra Barter whose mark of 57.13 was established en route to an eighth-place finish at the 1995 NCAA meet. At the Pac-10- meet, Griffis cut nearly one second off her personal best time of 58.33 recorded April 26 in a winning performance at the Drake Relays. Griffis' career-best of 57.35 is a stunning 6.12-second improvement over her best mark of 1:03.47 entering the 1997 season.

Coach Richburg: After 12 years as head women's track & field coach at Washington, Orin Richburg takes on a new assignment this season. He was named head men's and women's track & field/cross country coach in July. His past success with the women's track & field team is a sure indicator that the Husky track & field/cross country programs are in capable hands. 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 63-21 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 eight conference and two national individual champions. 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.

NCAA Championship Qualifying Procedures: Marks which reach automatic standards guarantee berths to the 1998 NCAA Championship Meet, June 3-6 in Buffalo, New York. 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: Twelve Washington athletes and two relay teams reached NCAA qualifying standards in 18 total events, including four automatic qualifying marks. Senior Aretha Hill owns the nation's best women's discus effort, a mark of 215-3 that is the second longest throw in collegiate history, the longest by an American collegian. Sophomore Ben Lindsey reached the automatic standards in both the discus (202-7) and shot put (65-4). Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker is an automatic 100-meter qualifier. Last year Washington sent three men and two women to the NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Hill earned All-America accolades for a fourth-place discus performance (190-7) and Lindsey for a ninth-place discus effort (187-2). Brice Newton finished 12th in the men's 1,500 meters (3:55.91), Christian Belz was 23rd in the steeplechase (9:15.31) and Keisha Griffis 18th in the women's 400-meter hurdles (59.17).

Where the Husky Tracksters Rank Nationally . . .

UW Qualifier        Event       NCAA Rank   Mark        NCAA Leader, School         Mark
Aretha Hill         Discus          1st     215-3       Aretha Hill, UW             215-3
Keisha Griffis      400m Hurdles    7th     57.59       Saidat Onanuga, UTEP        52.77
Anna Aoki           10,000 meters   9th     34:55.62    Amy Skieresz, Arizona       32:50.67
Danelle Kabush      1,500 meters    9th     4:20.50     Grazyna Penc, USC           4:15.13
Deeja Youngquist    10,000 meters   10th    35:00.26    Amy Skieresz, Arizona       32:50.67
Aretha Hill         Shot Put        16th    51-5        Tressa Thompson, Nebraska   61-7 3/4
Danelle Kabush      3,000 meters    19th    9:34.92     Jessica Koch, Arkansas      9:14.04
Glass, Griffis,     4 x 400 Relay   21st    3:38.26     Texas                       3:30.72
Penton, Muhammad
Rebecca Morrison    Hammer          61st    169-1       Amy Palmer, BYU             220-1

Men Ben Lindsey Shot Put 2nd 63-4 Brad Snyder, S. Carolina 66-11 1/4 Ben Lindsey Discus 3rd 202-7 Doug Reynolds, Arizona 206-11 Hooker, Prior, 4 x 400 Relay 5th 3:05.21 Baylor 3:01.39 Anabel, Dawson Ja'Warren Hooker 100 meters 7th 10.18 Percy Spencer, TCU 9.96 Derek Prior 400 meters 14th 46.13 Brandon Couts, Baylor 45.04 Ja'Warren Hooker 200 meters 18th 20.84 Joe Criner, Cal State Northridge 20.14 Chris Ledfford 1,500 meters 21st 3:44.53 Seneca Lassiter, Arkansas 3:39.28 Craig Connors Pole Vault 22nd(tie) 17-3 Jacob Davis, Texas 19-4 1/4 Christian Belz 5,000 meters 42nd 14:13.88 Mebrahtom Keflezighi, UCLA 13:30.22

Track Tidbits: Three Washington school record have fallen this year. Senior Aretha Hill topped her own women's discus mark (196-7) with a throw of 215-3, freshman Ja'Warren Hooker bettered Pacblo Franco's 1975 100-meter record (10.26) with a 10.18 clocking and the women's 4 x 400 relay standard set in 1994 was eclipsed by the quartet of Monique Glass, Marzette Penton, Keisha Griffis and Asya Muhammad who turned in a time of 3:38.26 . . . Two individuals and one relay squad represented the Huskies at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet in Indianapolis.

Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker won the 55-meter championship (6.13), Washington's first track & field title since 1988 (Jennifer Ponath, shot put) and the first by a UW male since 1986 (Mike Ramos, decathlon). Sophomore Ben Lindsey finished fifth in the shot put (62-5 3/4). The 4 x 400 relay group of Hooker, B.J. Dawson, Scott Anabel and Derek Prior placed eight (3:10.60) . . . Two of the six (3 men, 3 women) discus throwers from the 1996 United States Olympic Team were Huskies. Coach Ken Shannon trained both current Husky Aretha Hill (35th in Atlanta) and former Washington men's thrower Adam Setliff (12th in Atlanta).

Last Week: Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker broke the Washington school 100-meter dash record and sophomore Ben Lindsey nearly eclipsed the school shot put standard on May 2, helping the Huskies win a three-team track & field meet at Husky Stadium. Hooker raced to a winning time of 10.18 seconds to easily beat the runner-up mark of 10.62 by teammate Willem Ryan. He shaved .08 seconds off the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. Hooker's previous best collegiate clocking was 10.28. Hooker, who won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title, secured a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships by reaching the automatic qualifying standard. Lindsey added a remarkable two feet to his career-best, launching the shot 65 feet, 4 inches. That mark is an automatic NCAA qualifier and the second-best performance this year by a collegian.

He came within seven inches of the school record of 65-11 set in 1979 by Steve Summers. Lindsey also registered a winning discus heave of 186-1. Senior Aretha Hill topped the 200-foot barrier for the third time, winning the women's discus with a mark of 200-11. She leads the nation with an American Collegiate Record of 215-3. Hill also won the shot put with a mark of 50-7 1/4. Colorado's Kelly Smith was the only other double-event winner, claiming titles in the women's 800- (2:11.61) and 1,500-meter (4:20.37) races. The Washington women won dual meets with both Colorado (88-57) and Idaho (108-45). The Husky men also outpointed Colorado (85-75) and Idaho (94-69). The Buffaloes won dual meets against Idaho in men's (90-67) and women's (94-55) competition.

Next Week:      Sat., May  16 -- UW Track & Field at Seattle Pacific Invitational 
                9:00 a.m.    Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash. 

Sat.-Sun., May 16-17 -- UW Track & Field at Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships Cobb Track; Stanford, Calif.

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