March 14, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington men's and women's track and field opened the outdoor season by winning 15 events in a continuous drizzle at Saturday's Washington Open Preview Meet at Husky Stadium.
1997 and 1998 All-American Ben Lindsey returned to form, winning the discus with a 183' 3" throw, and taking fourth in the hammer with a personal-best mark of 170' 10". 1999 All-American Derek Prior, fresh off of a tenth-place finish in the 400 meters at last week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, captured first place in the event, crossing the line in 47.56 seconds, well-ahead of second place Mario Duke of Spokane CC, who finished in 49.48.
Washington's triumvirate of women's throwers each walked with away with an event title, senior Rebecca Morrison in the hammer (156' 3"), senior Seselia Thomas in the shot put (47' 5.75") and freshman Cecelia Barnes in the discus (144' 10"). Senior Lara Kelley and sophomore Chelsie Pentz swept the hurdles and sprints, with Kelley taking the 100m and 400m hurdles events, and Pentz winning the 100m and 200m dashes.
It was also a day for former Huskies to shine. Former All-American Ed Turner provided flashbacks to his days as one of Washington's top sprinters as he claimed victory in the 200m dash in 21.75 seconds, and placed third in the 100m dash in 11.00 seconds. Also returning to dominate the field was B.J. Dawson, who took the 800m dash in 1:53.52. Dawson teamed up with Ja'Warren Hooker, Scott Anabel and Prior to earn an eight-place finish in the 4x400m relay at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Huskies will look to continue this weekend's success this Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., where Washington will take on Cal and UCLA in the first Pac-10 meet of the year.