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Hooker Sprints to Idaho Track Victory
Release: 06/21/1999
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February 13, 1999

MOSCOW, Idaho - Sophomore sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark to win the 60-meter dash, leading the University of Washington indoor track and field team to victory at Friday's Vandal Invitational at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

Hooker, the defending NCAA champion in the event, won the 60m in a time of 6.72 seconds, improving on his previous season-high of 6.73 seconds, posted earlier in the preliminary heats. Placing fourth in the 60m dash was UW's Willem Ryan, who crossed the line in a career-best 6.87 seconds.

Freshman Shavon Hawkins made a splash in the women's 60m event, placing second in 7.75 seconds. Seniors Lara Kelley (400m), Patrice Davis (55m hurdles), and Jason Cadman (800m) also managed second-place finishes for the Huskies.

UW also dominated Saturday's McDonald's II Invitational at the Kibbie Dome, with three Huskies claiming event victories. Sophomore Chelsie Pentz (400m), senior Lara Kelley (55m hurdles), and junior Ben Meyer (55m hurdles) all crossed the line ahead of the competition.

The Huskies next return to the track on Friday, Feb. 19 for the first of two days of competition at the Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation Championships, the final tuneup before March's NCAA Championships.

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