June 24, 1998
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Washington's Aretha Hill earned a spot on the United States National Team with a third-place women's discus showing while Husky men Ja'Warren Hooker and Ben Lindsey each turned in top-six finishes at the USA Track & Field Championships on June 19-21.
Hill hurdled the discus 198-feet, 5-inches to secure the third and final spot on the U.S. team. She represented the U.S. during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta where she finished 35th overall.
The Renton (Wash.) High School product recently concluded her collegiate career at Washington, earning her fourth NCAA All-America award with a second-place discus performance.
Seilala Sua, the two-time NCAA champion, won the U.S. discus title with a mark of 204-2. Kristin Kuehl registered a second-place throw of 201-0.
Hooker, who capped a stellar freshman season with a third-place NCAA 100-meter finish, placed fifth in the 200 meters at the U.S. meet. He clocked a 20.54 in the prelims, a 20.64 in the semifinals and a 20.63 in the finals.
Gentry Bradley, representing Nike, won the men's 200 with a time of 20.47.
Hooker also competed in the 100-meter competition, advancing to the semifinals with a preliminary time of 10.18 that gave him fifth place in his heat. He did not advance to the finals after finishing eighth in his semifinal heat with a time of 10.33.
Mizuno's Tim Harden outraced the 100-meter field with a winning time of 9.88.
The men's discus competition featured prominent performances from one current and one former Washington athlete.
Lindsey recorded a sixth-place discus throw of 198-3. The Lynnwood (Wash.) High School graduate finished his sophomore season at Washington with a fifth-place NCAA discus effort.
Adam Setliff, who competed at Washington in 1992 and 1993, was the U.S. discus runner-up with a mark of 217-11. Setliff was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team for the Summer Games, placing 12th overall.
Former UCLA standout John Godina, competing for the Reebok-Bruin Track Club, completed a rare double. He won both the discus (220-1) and the shot put (71-2 3/4).