April 3, 1998
ESCALON, Calif. - University of Washington senior Aretha Hill was named the national track & field athlete of the week after registering the longest throw ever by an American collegiate discus competitor, Trackwire magazine announced Friday.
Hill's winning throw of 215-feet, 3-inches on March 28 at the UC San Diego Invitational was the second-longest performance ever by an American woman. The Renton (Wash.) High School product trails only the American record of 216-10 established by Carol Cady in 1986.
She improved her own UW school record of 199-4 by nearly 16 feet. Hill competed for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, placing 35th at the Centennial Summer Games 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 will compete Saturday at Husky Stadium in the seven-team Washington Outdoor Classic. Joining the Huskies are Eastern Washington, Portland, Portland State, Seattle Pacific, Utah State and Western Oregon. The field events begin at 10:30 a.m. while the running events commence at 1 p.m.
Also scheduled to compete for Washington is freshman sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker who won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter championship. Hooker competes in the men's 400-meter race at 2:55 p.m.