March 11, 2000
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Husky sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker today placed sixth in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., finishing in 6.68 seconds. South Carolina junior Terrance Trammell handed Hooker his first loss in a short sprint final since January of 1999 with a scintillating 6.54-second mark to take the NCAA title.
In addition to ending Hooker's 10-race winning streak in short sprint finals, today's race also brings to an end Hooker's quest to regain the NCAA sprint championship, having captured the 55-meter title at the 1998 NCAA indoor meet before sitting out the 1999 championships with an ankle injury.
Hooker entered this year's national meet on the strength of a 11-1 regular-season record in sprint finals, the only loss having come the week prior to TCU sprinter Darvis Patton in the 200-meter final at the Cyclone Last Chance Qualifier in Ames, Iowa.
Hooker got his weekend off to a fast start yesterday, qualifying third for the 60-meter final in 6.61 seconds, and blistering to sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 20.67 seconds, nearly three tenths of a second faster than his previous career-best. The winner of that race, Clemson's Shawn Crawford, placed fourth in today's 60-meter final in 6.67 seconds.
Also in Friday's action, senior All-American Anna Aoki placed 14th in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 16:47.32. Aoki's finish in the 5,000 marked her third top-15 NCAA indoor performance of her career, having placed 12th and 11th, respectively, in the 5,000 meters the past two seasons. Washington finished the meet with six team points.