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Track & Field Squad Sends 11 Athletes to NCAA Championships
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May 29, 1998

The Schedule: Wed.-Sat., June 3-6 - NCAA Track & Field Championships, Buffalo, N.Y. (CBS TV) (all times PDT) UB Stadium; 11:30 a.m. Wed., 12:30 p.m. Thurs., 12:00 p.m. Fri., 10:20 am Sat.

This Week: Six men and five women from the University of Washington track & field team, including Pacific-10 Conference champions Anna Aoki (10,000m), Aretha Hill (discus) and Ja'Warren Hooker (100m, 200m) travel to Buffalo, New York for the NCAA Track & Field Championships, Wednesday through Saturday, June 3-6. Eight Washington state natives are among the 11-athlete group that forms the Huskies' largest NCAA contingent since 1990 (14). Five athletes represented Washington at the 1997 NCAA meet. Hooker, a product of Ellensburg (Wash.) High School, qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter events, but chose to compete only in the 100. Hooker will also run a leg on Washington's Pac-10 champion 4 x 400 relay team that includes Derek Prior, Scott Anabel and B.J. Dawson. Hill, a 1996 U.S. Olympian, is the top-ranked women's discus competitor in the nation. Sophomore Ben Lindsey is the lone Husky competing in two individuals events. He ranks second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Television Coverage: The meet is nationally televised on a delayed basis by CBS. A two-hour highlights package airs the day after the meet's conclusion, on Sunday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Fast Frosh Phenom: Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker is undefeated in 19 sprint races during the 1998 outdoor season. He became the first double-event winner in Washington history at the Pac-10 championships, winning the 100 (10.24) and 200 (20.70) meter races. Hooker won the Huskies' first 100 title since Al Davis in 1974 and the first 200 title since Jerry Plowman in 1964. Despite qualifying for the NCAAs in both the 100 (10.18) and 200 (20.70), he will compete only in the 100 while also running a leg on Washington's 4 x 400 relay unit. Hooker will be aiming for the second NCAA sprint championship of his young career, having won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product is undefeated in 12 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. 10 nationally. His 10.18 broke the school record of 10.26 established by Pablo Franco in 1975. He won the Drake Relays 100-meter title (10.41) and topped an international field at the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C. (10.33). Hooker played receiver on the Husky football team last fall and scored four touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return at Arizona the first time he touched the ball as a collegian. He took part in the first two weeks of spring drills, but did not participate in the Spring Game on April 25.

Rapid Relay: The Washington men's 1,600-meter relay team is ranked 12th in the nation with a season-best time of 3:05.21 entering the NCAA Championships. The quartet of Ja'Warren Hooker, Derek Prior, Scott Anabel and B.J. Dawson upset favored USC to win the Pacific-10 Conference championship on May 24 at Stanford. Hooker gave the Huskies a lead after the first leg, but Pac-10 400-meter champion Jerome Davis put USC ahead on the second leg. The Trojans maintained that lead through leg three, giving anchor Ray Carter a 10-meter lead for the final lap. Husky senior B.J. Dawson, the 400-meter runner-up (46.30), staved off a challenge from third-place UCLA early in the final lap and overtook Carter 20 meters before the finish line. Prior finished third in the 400 (46.32) at the Pac-10 meet.

Washington NCAA Competitor Time Schedule (All Times are Pacific Daylight Time)

Competitor        Event         (men/women) Trials                    Semifinal                 Final
Ja'Warren Hooker  100 meters    (men)       Thurs., June 4,  4:35 pm  Fri., June 5,  3:55 pm    Sat., June 6,  3:40 pm
Keisha Griffis    400m Hurdles  (women)     none                      Wed., June 3,  3:25 pm    Fri., June 5,  3:20 pm
Aretha Hill       Discus        (women)     none                      none                      Wed., June 3,  1:00 pm
Danelle Kabush    1,500m        (women)     none                      Thurs., June 4,  4:55 pm  Sat., June 6,  3:50 pm
Ben Lindsey       Discus        (men)       none                      none                      Fri., June 5,  3:00 pm
Ben Lindsey       Shot Put      (men)       none                      none                      Sat., June 6,  3:00 pm
Geoff Perry       1,500 meters  (men)       none                      Thurs., June 4,  5:10 pm  Sat., June 6,  4:20 pm
Anna Aoki         10,000 meters (women)     none                      none                      Wed., June 3,  5:35 pm
Deeja Youngquist  10,000 meters (women)     none                      none                      Wed., June 3,  5:35 pm
Washington        4 x 400 Relay (men)       none                      Thurs., June 4,  5:40 pm  Sat., June 6,  5:40 pm

Hill Highlights: Senior Aretha Hill (Renton HS) added another highlight on May 24 to an already brilliant campaign. She won her second Pac-10 women's discus title with a meet-record throw of 208-11, becoming the first woman in Washington history to win two Pac-10 titles. Hill also won the 1996 Pac-10 crown. She 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 215-3 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 won the 1996 and 1997 Penn Relay discus titles, including a meet-record throw of 189-6 in 1996. She also reached the NCAA provisional shot put mark with a heave of 51-5. Hill won 10 of the 11 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 won all six of her shot put outings. Due to an injury, Hill will not compete in the NCAA shot put.

Hill Hurting: An injured left foot has hampered much of Aretha Hill's training since March, drastically limiting her repetitions in practice sessions and competition warm-ups. Hill decided to compete only in the discus at the Pac-10 and NCAA Championship meets despite also qualifying in the shot put. She practiced only once the week leading into the conference championships and attempted only two warm-up throws prior to the competition. A prior stress fracture in Hill's left foot has been aggravated and developed a bone spur that causes pain by pressing on a nerve when she competes. After completing her collegiate career in June, Hill will have corrective surgery on her left foot. After monitoring the injury, she may postpone surgery until after the U.S. Championships on June 19-21 in New Orleans, La.

Big Ben: Sophomore weight man Ben Lindsey (Lynnwood HS) appears poised to improve on his 1997 All-American ninth-place discus performance. Lindsey bettered 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 ranks No. 3 in the NCAA, but finished third at the conference meet as national leaders Doug Reynolds (Arizona) and Ian Waltz (WSU) are both from Pac-10 schools. Lindsey reached the automatic NCAA standards in both 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 ranks second nationally behind South Carolina's Brad Snyder (66-11 1/4). Lindsey's shot put mark is the second best effort in Husky history, trailing only the school record 65-11 set in 1979 by Steve Summers. Lindsey, the 1998 Pac-10 shot put runner-up, finished fifth in the shot put (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoors. He won the Washington state high school discus title three times and claimed two prep shot crowns.

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 10th fastest time among NCAA competitors. Griffis finished second in the 400 hurdles (58.64) at the 1998 Pac-10 championships and finished seventh (14.07) in the 100-meter hurdles. She competed in her first-ever collegiate open 400-meter race on May 16 in Seattle and registered a school-record time of 54.44. That mark bettered the previous record of 54.45 established in 1996 by current Husky assistant coach Patrice Turner. 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 school record holder Terra Barter with a mark of 57.13 at the 1995 NCAAs.

Super Sophomore: Sophomore Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash./Fort Vancouver HS) has been a spectacular performer when healthy. She was healthy May 23 at Stanford and won the Pac-10 women's 10,000-meter title. Aoki overtook Oregon's Milena Glusac with two laps remaining en route to a time of 35:04.99. Glusac was second in 35:14.73. Aoki was sidelined most of last year's outdoor season with an injury. As a freshman, Aoki earned a berth in the 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships, placing 13th in the 5,000 meters. She qualified for the NCAAs in the 10,000 meters with a career-best time of 34:56.62 registered during a winning performance at the Stanford Invitational on March 28. That mark is the third fastest in Washington history and ranks 10th this season among NCAA competitors. Aoki finished among the top-three runners in all nine races in which she competed, winning both 10,000-meter outings.

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. 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 64-21 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.

F A S T F A C T S : Eight of Washington's 11 NCAA championship individual-event competitors are from the state of Washington . . . All three of the Huskies' individual Pac-10 champions are Washington natives: Anna Aoki (Vancouver), Aretha Hill (Renton) and Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg) . . . The last time a Washington individual won an NCAA outdoor track & field championship was 1988 when Jennifer Ponath won the women's shot put crown. The last Husky men's outdoor national title was registered in 1986 by Mike Ramos who won the decathlon with a collegiate record 8,322 points . . . The best team finish for the Washington women was a 10th-place performance in 1988 . . . The best finish in recent history for the Husky men was a sixth-place effort in 1979. Since then, the UW men have cracked the national top-20 twice, finishing 15th in 1985 and 18th in 1983 . . . 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) . . . 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).

Washington's 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Women (5)

                 Event             Mark      Year Hometown (High School/JC)
Aretha Hill      Discus            215-3     Sr.  Renton, Wash. (Renton HS)
Anna Aoki        10,000 meters     34:56.62  So.  Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS)
Keisha Griffis   400-meter Hurdles 57.59     Jr.  Los Angeles, Calif. (Washington HS)
Danelle Kabush   1,500 meters      4:20.50   Sr.  Courtenay, B.C. (George Vanier HS)
Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters     35:00.26  Jr.  Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)
Men (6)
                          Event          Mark    Year Hometown (High School/JC)
Ja'Warren Hooker          100 meters     10.18   Fr.  Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS)
Ben Lindsey               Discus         202-7   So.  Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)
  "       "               Shot Put       65-4  
Geoff Perry               1,500 meters   3:43.43 So.  Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS)
University of Washington  4 x 400 Relay  3:05.21
Ja'Warren Hooker          4 x 400 Relay          Fr.  Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS)
Derek Prior               4 x 400 Relay          Jr.  San Jose, Calif. (Santa Teresa HS/San Jose JC)
Scott Anabel              4 x 400 Relay          Sr.  Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS)
B.J. Dawson               4 x 400 Relay          Sr.  Bothell, Wash. (Bothell HS)

Where the Washington Tracksters Rank Nationally . . .

Women Event NCAA Rank Mark NCAA Leader, School Mark
Aretha Hill Discus 1st 215-3 Aretha Hill, UW 215-3
Keisha Griffis 400m Hurdles 10th 57.59 Rosa Jolivet, Texas A&M 55.83
Anna Aoki 10,000 meters 10th 34:55.62 Amy Skieresz, Arizona 32:50.67
Deeja Youngquist 10,000 meters 13th 35:00.26 Amy Skieresz, Arizona 32:50.67
Danelle Kabush 1,500 meters 15th 4:20.50 Grazyna Penc, USC 4:15.13

Men
Ben Lindsey Shot Put 2nd 65-4 Brad Snyder, S. Carolina 66-11 1/4
Ben Lindsey Discus 3rd 202-7 Doug Reynolds, Arizona 206-11
Ja'Warren Hooker 100 meters 9th 10.18 Percy Spencer, TCU 9.96
Hooker, Prior, Anabel, Dawson 4 x 400 Relay 12th 3:05.21 Baylor 3:01.39
Geoff Perry 1,500 meters 19th 3:43.43 Kevin Sullivan, Michigan 3:36.62
Track Tidbits: 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) . . . Four Washington school record fell this year and a fifth was established. Aretha Hill topped her own women's discus mark (196-7) with a throw of 215-3. Keisha Griffis topped set a new women's 400-meter mark with a time of 54.44, eclipsing the mark of 54.45 established in 1996 by current UW assistant coach Patrice Turner. Ja'Warren Hooker bettered Pablo Franco's 1975 100-meter record (10.26) with a 10.18 clocking. The women's 4 x 400 relay of Mikki McClatcher, Monique Glass, Keisha Griffis and Asya Muhammad set a mark of 3:37.68. Chris Withey established a women's pole vault record of 11-0 1/4 in the new event.
High Husky Finishers: The Huskies are seeking the school's first individual outdoor track & field national title since Jennifer Ponath won the 1988 women's shot put crown. The last championship for the Husky men was 1986 when Mike Ramos won the decathlon competition with a collegiate record 8,322 points. The Huskies hope to continue a streak that has seen at least one UW men's athlete post a top-10 NCAA finish each of the last 25 years, dating back to 1974. Then freshman discus thrower Ben Lindsey kept the streak alive last spring, placing ninth. Following is a list of the highest Washington finishes by a men's competitor each year since Ramos' NCAA decathlon title in 1986.

Place  Year  Athlete          Event        (mark)    Place  Year  Athlete         Event         (mark)
1st    1986  Mike Ramos       Decathlon    (8,322)   10th   1992  Greg Metcalf    Steeplechase  (8:58.69)
3rd    1987  Dan Bell         Steeplechase (8:36.68) 5th    1993  Adam Setliff    Discus        (194-10)
5th    1988  Darryl Roberson  Javelin      (235-10)  7th    1994  Pete Kaligis    Shot Put      (60-11 1/4)
5th    1989  Darryl Roberson  Javelin      (238-2)   5th    1995  Ernie Conwell   Shot Put      (61-1 1/4)
3rd    1990  Rick Noji        High Jump    (7-6 1/2) 4th    1996  Troy Burkholder Javelin       (235-11)
5th    1991  Todd Wilson      Discus       (188-8)   9th    1997  Ben Lindsey     Discus        (187-2) 
1998 Pac-10 Meet Recap: Freshman Ja'Warren Hooker became Washington's first ever double-event winner at the Pacific-10 Conference track & field championships and senior Aretha Hill topped the women's discus field at Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field. Hooker raced to a winning time of 10.24 seconds in the 100 meters. He is the first Washington athlete since Al Davis in 1974 to win the conference 100 dash title. In the 200 meters, Hooker clocked a 20.70. Hooker is the first Husky to win the conference 200 crown since Jerry Plowman in 1964. Hill registered the leading discus throw of 208-11 on her first throw. Defending national champion Seilala Sua of UCLA, had a second-place mark of 204-10. Hill, who won the 1996 conference discus title, is the first Washington women to win multiple Pac-10 track & field crowns. The Washington men capped the meet with an upset victory over USC in the 4 x 400-meter relay. Washington won five events during the meet, including sophomore Anna Aoki's victory in the women's 10,000-meter race on Saturday. The five Pac-10 titles is the most by a UW team since the 1976 squad claimed six championships. Husky sophomore Ben Lindsey finished second in the shot put and third in the discus. UCLA won both the men's and women's team titles. The Washington women finished fourth and the men were sixth.

1998 Washington Men's NCAA Qualifier Profiles

Scott Anabel -- 4 x 400 Relay (3:05.21)
Senior, Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS)

  • Member of the Pac-10 championship 4 x 400 relay quartet (3:06.49)
  • Relay time of 3:05.21 ranks No. 12 among NCAA competitors
  • Ran a leg on the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay team that placed eighth (3:10.60) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships
B.J. Dawson -- 4 x 400 Relay (3:05.21)
Senior, Bothell, Wash. (Bothell HS)
  • Pac-10 runner-up in the 400 meters (46.30)
  • Member of the Pac-10 championship 4 x 400 relay quartet (3:06.49)
  • Anchored the Huskies to victory in the 1,600-meter relay at the Pac-10 meet, overcoming a 10-meter deficit
  • Relay time of 3:05.21 ranks No. 12 among NCAA competitors
  • Ran a leg on the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay team that placed eighth (3:10.60) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Listed No. 3 among all-time Washington 400-meter competitors with a best time of 46.30
  • Listed No. 10 among all-time Washington 800-meter competitors with a best time of 1:49.38
Derek Prior -- 4 x 400 Relay (3:05.21)
Junior, San Jose, Calif. (Santa Teresa HS / San Jose JC)
  • Member of the Pac-10 championship 4 x 400 relay quartet (3:06.49)
  • Relay time of 3:05.21 ranks No. 12 among NCAA competitors
  • Ran a leg on the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay team that placed eighth (3:10.60) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Third-place Pac-10 finisher in the 400 meters (46.32)
  • Listed No. 2 among all-time Washington 400-meter competitors with a best time of 46.13
Ja'Warren Hooker -- 100 meters (career best - 10.18, school record)
-- 4 x 400 Relay (3:05.21)
Freshman, Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS)
  • 1998 NCAA Indoor 55-meter champion (6.13)
  • Pac-10 champion in the 100 meters (10.24)
  • Pac-10 champion in the 200 meters (20.70)
  • 1998 Drake Relays 100-meter champion
  • Undefeated in 19 sprint races during the 1998 outdoor season, including 12 victories in 100-meter outings
  • Ranks No. 9 among NCAA 100-meter competitors, the highest-rated freshman, with a time 10.18
  • Member of the Pac-10 championship 4 x 400 relay quartet (3:06.49)
  • Relay time of 3:05.21 ranks No. 12 among NCAA competitors
  • Ran a leg on the Huskies' 4 x 400 relay team that placed eighth (3:10.60) at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • School record holder in the 100 meters with a best time of 10.18
  • Listed No. 5 among all-time Washington 200-meter competitors with a best time of 20.70
  • The first Washington men's competitor to win two events at the conference meet, winning the 100 and 200
  • Won Washington's first 100-meter conference title since Al Davis won the Pac-8 100-yard crown in 1974
  • Won Washington's first 200-meter conference title since Jerry Plowman won the Pac-8 200-yard crown in 1964
  • Named to USA Today's All-USA High School Track & Field Team in 1997
  • Prep 100, 200 and 400-meter All-American in 1997 Track & Field News
  • Won three major prep titles in 1997, topping 100-meter fields at Golden West, USATF Junior and Pan-Am Junior
  • Won eight Washington state championships, winning three times in the 100 and 200 and twice in the 400
  • Finished second overall in Track & Field News magazine's 1997 Prep Athlete of the Year balloting
  • Owns the Washington state high school records in the 100 (10.27), 200 (21.02) and 400 (46.23)
  • Lettered as a wide receiver on the Washington football team, catching six passes for 136 yards (22.7 per grab)
  • Scored on an 89-yard kickoff return at Arizona (Oct. 18) the first time he touched the football as a collegian
  • Three of his six receptions went for touchdowns of 44, 41 and 28 yards
Ben Lindsey -- Discus (career best - 202-7), Shot Put (career best - 65-4)
Sophomore, Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)
  • 1997 NCAA All-American with a ninth-place discus performance (187-2)
  • Ranks No. 2 among NCAA shot put competitors with a mark of 65-4
  • Ranks No. 3 among NCAA discus competitors with a mark of 202-7
  • 1998 Pac-10 shot put runner-up (62-2 1/4)
  • Placed third in the discus at the 1998 Pac-10 championships (195-4)
  • Listed No. 2 among all-time Washington shot put competitors with a best mark of 65-4
  • Listed No. 3 among all-time Washington discus competitors with a best mark of 202-7
  • The only freshman last year among the 18-man 1997 NCAA discus field
  • Named to USA Today's All-USA High School Track & Field Team in 1994, 1995 and 1996
  • Three-time prep discus All-American in Track & Field News
  • Won five Washington state Class AA state championships, winning the discus three times and the shot put twice
  • Finished 13th overall in Track & Field News magazine's 1996 Prep Athlete of the Year balloting
  • Owns the Washington state high school discus record of 203-6
Geoff Perry -- 1,500 meters (career best - 3:43.43)
Sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS)
  • Ranked No. 19 among men's 1,500-meter competitors
  • Third-place Pac-10 finisher in the 1,500-meter race (3:46.69)
  • Ninth-place Pac-10 finisher in the 800 meters (1:54.43)
  • Listed No. 5 among all-time Washington 1,500-meter competitors with a best time of 3:43.43

1998 Washington Women's NCAA Qualifier Profiles

Aretha Hill -- Discus (career best - 215-3, American Collegiate Record)
Senior, Renton, Wash. (Renton HS)

  • American Collegiate record holder in the discus with a best mark of 215-3
  • Best mark of 215-3 is the second best ever by an American female, trailing only Carol Cady (216-10 in 1986)
  • Best mark of 215-3 is the second best ever by a collegian, trailing only Arizona's Meg Ritchie (221-5 in 1981)
  • 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Member in the discus, placing 35th at the Summer Games in Atlanta
  • Two-time Pac-10 discus champion (1996, 1998)
  • Won the 1998 Pac-10 title with a meet-record throw of 208-11
  • The top-ranked women's discus competitor in the NCAA field
  • Three-time All-American
  • Placed fourth at the 1997 NCAA meet (190-7), third in 1996 (189-10) and seventh in 1995 (173-3)
  • Won the two Penn Relays discus titles (1996, 1997)
  • Established new Penn Relays discus record with a throw of 189-6 on April 25, 1996.
Keisha Griffis -- 400-meter Hurdles (career best - 57.35 / season best - 57.59)
Sophomore, Los Angeles, Calif. (Washington HS)
  • Ranked No. 10 among NCAA women's 400-meter hurdlers with a season-best time of 57.59
  • Listed No. 2 among all-time Washington 400-meter hurdles with a best time of 57.35 recorded in 1997
  • Pac-10 runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles (58.64)
  • Placed third at the 1997 Pac-10 conference meet with a career-best time of 57.35, May 25 in Seattle
  • 1997 Drake Relay 400-meter hurdle champion (58.33)
  • School record holder in the open 400 meters with a time of 54.44 registered on May 16, 1998 in Seattle
Anna Aoki -- 10,000 Meters (career best - 34:56.62)
Sophomore, Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS)
  • Pac-10 women's 10,000-meter champion, registered a winning time of 35:04.99
  • Ranked No. 10 among NCAA women's 10,000-meter competitors
  • Listed No. 3 among all-time Washington 10,000-meter competitors with a best time of 34:56.62
  • 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships competitor, placing 13th in the 5,000 meters
  • Two-year cross country letterwinner who helped the team to a 14th-place NCAA finish in 1997
Danelle Kabush -- 1,500 Meters (career best - 4:20.50)
Senior, Courtenay, B.C. (George Vanier HS)
  • Ranked No. 15 among women's 1,500-meter competitors
  • Third-place Pac-10 finisher in the 3,000-meter race (9:39.60)
  • Fourth-place Pac-10 finisher in the 1,500-meter race (4:25.48)
  • Listed No. 3 among all-time Washington 1,500-meter competitors with a best time of 4:20.50
  • Listed No. 6 among all-time Washington 800-meter competitors with a best time of 2:08.43
  • Listed No. 10 among all-time Washington 3,000-meter competitors with a best time of 9:34.92
  • Two-year cross country letterwinner who helped the team to a 14th-place NCAA finish in 1997
Deeja Youngquist -- 10,000 Meters (career best - 35:00.26)
Junior, Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)
  • Ranked No. 13 among women's 10,000-meter competitors
  • Third-place Pac-10 finisher each of the last three seasons in the 10,000 meters
  • Listed No. 4 among all-time Washington 10,000-meter competitors with a best time of 35:00.26
  • Listed No. 9 among all-time Washington 5,000-meter competitors with a best time of 16:48.32
  • Three-year cross country letterwinner who helped the team to a 14th-place NCAA finish in 1997
  • Father, Mike, was a tackle on Oregon State's 1962 Liberty Bowl team led by Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker
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