May 20, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. - Washington senior Ben Lindsey won the men's shot put title and freshman Kate Bradshaw raced to an upset victory in the women's 10,000-meter race on Saturday during the first day of the Pacific-10 Conference track and field championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Lindsey unleashed a put of 63-11 3/4 on his third attempt, the fifth-best mark among NCAA competitors this season. He increased his season-best and NCAA automatic qualifying mark by over one foot. The Lynnwood (Wash.) High School product scored a convincing victory over runner-up Van Mounts of USC whose mark was 62-6. Washington State's Ian Waltz was third at 59-4 3/4 and Husky freshman Doug Jackson had a 12th-place put of 49-4 1/4.
"I've never been as confident coming into a meet before, in both events," said Lindsey who will vie for the conference discus title on Sunday. "It's a different sort of feeling going into a meet not worrying about technique or other people, but just knowing you are going to win and going out and throwing."
Lindsey is only the third Washington athlete to win a conference men's shot put championship, joining Russ Vincent (1976) and John Hubbell (1969). It was the first Pac-10 title for Lindsey who has been close before, placing second in 1998 and third in 1999.
"It was great to finally be completely healthy for a meet," remarked Lindsey who was suffering from mononucleosis at last year's conference meet. "I had a great week of practice and threw real well in warm-ups. My thought is that if you can do it in practice, you can do it in a meet."
Bradshaw covered the 10,000 meters in 34:41.03, shaving five seconds off her season best. She was competing in the only the second 10,000-meter race of her collegiate career. Bradshaw also won her first outing, claiming the championship at the Drake Relays on April 28.
"It never even crossed my mind that I would win," Bradshaw said of the Pac-10 championship. " I just came in here wanting to get a good time. I didn't even really think I had a chance of winning until the last two laps."
The Issaquah (Wash.) High School graduate overcame three higher ranked competitors, including senior teammate Anna Aoki who won the 1998 championship.
"She's a senior and I'm a freshman and I've just always followed her," Bradshaw explained. ".I had no intention of ever having me be ahead of her so I didn't really know what to do. Anna is a great distance runner and have nothing but respect for her."
UCLA's Jessica Matthews was the runner-up, finishing 25 seconds behind Bradshaw in 35:06.44. Stanford's Caroline Annis had a third-place time of 35:08.55 and Aoki was fourth in 35:20.10.
Running in a pack of four competitors, Aoki took the lead with 12 1/2 laps remaining. She held on for seven laps until Bradshaw took over the lead for good with 5 1/2 laps to go.
Husky junior Ja'Warren Hooker recorded the fastest qualifying times in both the men's 100- and 200-meter races. His 100-meter qualifying time of 10.20 matched his season-best effort. Arizona State sprinters won the other two heats with Dwight Phillips finishing in 10.29 and Marcus Brunson in 10.31.
In the 200 meters, Hooker started fast and cruised to a time of 20.68. USC's Andre Ammons won the other heat in 20.81.
"Each round you want to use as little energy as you can," explained Hooker of his strategy for the preliminary heats. "My start wasn't good in the 100, but my pickup was alright and I felt like I ran a decent race. In the 200, I tired to make up the stagger as soon as I could and then just relax over the final 100 meters."
Hooker won both the 100 and 200 at the 1998 Pac-10 meet. Last year he was sidelined for much of the season with a stress fracture before returning to place third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at the conference championships.
In the men's' 10,000-meter race, UW junior David Bazzi passed two runners in the final 100 meters to move into fourth place with a time of 29:46.91.
Other top finishes for Washington athletes included, freshman Megan Spriestersbach who was fourth in the women's javelin (144-2), freshman Brad Walker who tied for fourth in the men's pole vault (16-9 1/2) and senior Sesilia Thomas who placed fifth in the women's shot put (49-2 1/4). Seniors Margaret Butler (9:36.26) and Cami Matson (9:45.24) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women's 3,000 meters.
The two-day Pac-10 championship meet concludes Sunday.