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Release: 06/21/1999
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April 13, 1999

Dual Meet Data: The Washington-Washington State track & field dual meet is one of the longest running athletic events in the Northwest, dating back to the their first meeting during 1900 in Pullman. Dual meets are the purest form of track & field team competition. To succeed a team must possess depth in every event, unlike the NCAA championship meet which enables a team with a few select individuals to overcome voids in other events. The Northwest boasts three of the premier dual-meet teams in the nation as Washington, Oregon and Washington State annually rank among the NCAA leaders. Beginning in 1900, including every year since 1946, dual meets with Washington State and Oregon have appeared on the Huskies' schedule. This year is no exception. Washington hosts the Cougars this week for their 84th all-time meeting and then visits Oregon on May 8 in Eugene.

The Series: The Washington women own an 18-4 advantage over Washington State in a series that began in 1979. The Huskies had a seven-meet winning streak halted last year in Pullman as the WSU women won 85-69 for the first time since 1992. The Cougar men won last year's meeting 93-70 in Pullman to increase their advantage to 53-29-1 in the series that began in 1900. The Husky men had won the previous two meetings. Washington, which won the last Seattle meeting 103-97 in 1997, seeks to win consecutive home dual meets against WSU for the first time since 1955 and 1957.

Men's WSU/UW Preview: An outstanding field of competitors will vie for the title in the men's 110-meter hurdles, including Washington State's Arend Watkins who posted a Pac-10 best time of 13.77. Watkins will be challenged by a capable corps of Husky hurdlers led by Ben Meyer (14.24) and Joshua Renz (14.44) who rank fourth and sixth, respectively on the conference charts. The WSU men's squad features one of the nation's finest distance standouts in Bernard Lagat and NCAA provisional hammer qualifier B.J. Schade. Washington counters with one of the NCAA's premier discus and shot put throwers in Ben Lindsey who is backed by a dynamic javelin duo of NCAA provisional qualifiers in Justin St. Clair and Rob Minnitti. The Huskies also field a strong stable of sprinters led by defending conference 100- and 200-meter champion Ja'Warren Hooker and Willem Ryan.

Women's WSU/UW Preview: The two women's teams have drastically different strengths. Saturday's outcome will come down to which school can break the other's stranglehold in its best events. The Cougars have the edge in the sprints and are dominant in the jumps. Fran Green Sewell is the Pac-10's leading long jumper (20-3 1/2) while Cicely Clinkenbeard is second in the triple jump (41-9() and Whitney Evans (5-11() ranks second among high jumpers. The Huskies hope their distance dominance can offset WSU's strong areas. Deeja Youngquist and Anna Aoki rank one-two among conference 10,000-meter runners and are Nos. 5 and 7 in the 3,000. Another strong UW distance performer is Kara Syrdal who ranks fifth among Pac-10 competitors in the 5,000 meters. The discus ring may see the tightest battle in the women's competition as Washington's State's Mandy Borschowa squares off with Washington freshman Cecilia Barnes. Borschowa ranks fourth among Pac-10 competitiors with a mark of 171-3 while Barnes is sixth at 167-0.

Athlete of the Week: Washington junior Ben Lindsey was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's track & field athlete of the week on April 12. Lindsey recorded the nation's second-best discus performance this year, heaving the disc an NCAA automatic qualifying distance of 200-8 to win on April 10 at the San Diego State Quad Meet. That is just shy of his career-best mark as he registered a discus throw of 202-7 on March 28, 1998 in San Diego that is the third longest in Washington history. The school record of 214-7 was set by Borys Chambul in 1976. Linsdey also won the shot put (58-0 1/2) and placed second in the hammer (167-3) at the Quad Meet. The three-time All-American improved upon a ninth-place NCAA discus effort his freshman year with a fifth-place performance (193-1) last spring. Also a standout shot putter, Lindsey was the 1998 Pac-10 runner-up and finished fifth (62-5 3/4) at the 1998 NCAA Indoors. His shot put mark of 65-4 on May 2, 1998 at Husky Stadium was the second best effort in Husky history, trailing only the school record 65-11 set in 1979 by Steve Summers. Lindsey won the Washington state high school discus title three times and claimed two prep shot crowns. He is the second straight UW men's athlete of the week as sophomore javelin thrower Justin St. Clair earned the honor on April 6.

Coach Richburg: After 12 years as head women's track & field coach at Washington, Orin Richburg took on a new assignment last season. He was named head men's and women's track & field/cross country coach in July of 1998. 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 10 conference and two national individual champions. Last year, the Richburg-coached Huskies had an 8-1 women's dual-meet record and finished fourth at the Pac-10 meet The Husky men had a 7-2 dual-meet mark in 1998 and placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships, their best finish since 1985. 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.

Huskies in the Pac-10 Rankings: The following individuals are Washington athletes who rank among the top-eight in their respective events on the weekly Pacific-10 Conference best list published April 12:

The Schedule:
Saturday, April 17 - UW Track & Field hosts Washington State (dual meet)
Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash.
10:30 a.m. field events, 1:00 p.m. track events (all times PDT)

This Week: The Washington men's and women's track & field teams host cross-state rival Washington State this weekend in their annual scored dual meet. The Cougar-Dawg track clash is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 at Husky Stadium. The meet begins with the women's hammer throw at 10:30 a.m. The running events commence at 1:00 p.m. with the women's 3,000-meter race. The final event on the meet schedule is the men's 4 x 400 relay at 4:15 p.m. A 5-3-1 scoring system will be used for this dual meet with the first-place finisher in each event earning five team points while second and third receive three and one, respectively. In the relay events, the winning team receives five points with no points for the runner-up. The Washington women boast a 15-2 record in scored meets this season, including a 3-0 mark in dual meets. The Husky men are 13-3 overall and have a 3-0 dual-meet record.

Saturday,  April 17
10:30 am    Hammer Throw  (women then men)
12:30 pm    Javelin       (women then men)
            Discus        (women then men after Javelin)
12:30 pm    High Jump     (women then men)
12:30 pm    Pole Vault    (women then men)
12:30 pm    Long Jump     (women then men)
            Triple Jump   (women then men after LJ)
1:00 pm     Shot Put      (women then men)
1:00 pm     3,000m        (women)
1:15 pm     3,000m Steeplechase  (men)
1:30 pm     4 x 100 relay  (women)
1:38 pm     4 x 100 relay  (men)
1:45 pm     1,500m         (men)
1:55 pm     110m  hurdles  (men)
2:05 pm     100m  hurdles  (women)
2:15 pm     400m           (women
2:23 pm     400m           (men)
2:30 pm     100m           (women)
2:38 pm     100m           (men)
2:45 pm     800m           (women)
2:53 pm     800m           (men)
3:00 pm     400m  hurdles  (women)
3:10 pm     400m  hurdles  (men)
3:20 pm     200m           (women)
3:28 pm     200m           (men)
3:35 pm   1,500m           (women)
3:45 pm   5,000m           (men)
4:05 pm   4 x 400 relay    (women)
4:15 pm   4 x 400 relay    (men)

100 meters      Ja'Warren Hooker    5th 10.46
200 meters      Willem Ryan         8th 21.46
Steeplechase    Paul Harkins        2nd 9:11.33
                James Day           6th 9:17.35
110m Hurdles    Ben Meyer           4th 14.24
                Joshua Renz         6th 14.44h
                Greg Baarber        8th 14.54h
4 x 100 Relay   Washington          4th 40.72
4 x 400 Relay   Washington          8th 3:15.97
High Jump       Andrew Dambreville  7th 6-9 i
Pole Vault      Matt Phillips       7th 16-11 1/2
Long Jump       Jacob Predmore      4th 24-3 1/2
Shot Put        Ben Lindsey         4th 58-0 1/2
Discus          Ben Lindsey         1st 200-8
Javelin         Justin St. Clair    3rd 225-10
                Rob Minnitti        4th 222-10
Decathlon       Jacob Predmore      2nd 7,213

Women 3,000 meters Deeja Youngquist 5th 9:33.70 Anna Aoki 7th 9:37.94 i 5,000 meters Anna Aoki 3rd 16:36.23 i Kara Syrdal 5th 16:50.03 Deeja Youngquist 6th 16:52.14 i 10,000 meters Deeja Youngquist 1st 34:04.70 Anna Aoki 2nd 34:05.30 400m Hurdles Lara Kelley 5th 59.94 4 x 100 Relay Washington 7th 46.46 4 x 400 Relay Washington 5th 3:41.92 High Jump Fran Richardson 8th 5-6 Shot Put Sesilia Thomas 7th 48-11 3/4 Discus Cecilia Barnes 6th 167-0

Last Week (San Diego State Quad Meet): Junior Ben Lindsey registered the nation's second best discus throw and also won the men's shot put competition Saturday as the Washington men's and women's team both finished second in the San Diego State Quad Meet at the Arco Olympic Training Center. Michigan won the men's and women's team titles. The Wolverine women edged runner-up Washington 197-196 while San Diego State was third (158.5) and New Mexico fourth (110.5). Michigan's men posted a winning total of 165.5 points followed by the Huskies (158) and New Mexico (68.5). Lindsey (Lynnwood, Wash.) heaved the discus 200-feet, 8-inches to win the men's title by over 18 feet and reach the automatic qualifying standard. Lindsey's winning shot put mark was a season-best 58-0 1/2. Sophomore Justin St. Clair (Tacoma, Wash.) won the javelin with a career-best mark of 225-10 that is the ninth best performance by an NCAA competitor this season. He improved his NCAA provisional qualifying effort that earned him Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors on Monday. Freshman Rob Minnitti (Port Orchard, Wash.) placed second in the javelin with a throw of 222-10 that eclipsed the NCAA provisional standard. The Washington women swept top honors in the throwing events. Junior Sesila Thomas won the shot put (48-11 3/4), freshman Cecilia Barnes won the discus (163-10), senior Rebecca Morrison won the hammer (168-4) and junior Chris Withey won the javelin (125-4). Sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) is successfully returning from a stress fracture in his left leg. Hooker clocked winning time of 10.46 seconds in the 100-meter race and placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 21.63.

NCAA Championship Qualifying Procedures: Marks which reach automatic standards guarantee berths to the 1999 NCAA Championship Meet, June 2-5 in Boise, Idaho. If there are not enough automatic qualifiers to fill out the fields, individuals with the next best marks receive NCAA bids, provided they reached the provisional standard.

Husky Qualifiers: Seven Washington athletes have reached NCAA qualifying standards in eight events, including three automatic qualifying marks. Senior Deeja Youngquist registered the second-fastest 10,000-meter time in school history (34:04.70) on March 28 at Stanford to earn her second straight NCAA championships berth. She will be joined in the NCAA race by junior Anna Aoki (34:05.30) who is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 10,000-meter event. Youngquist has also reached the NCAA provisional standard in the 3,000 meters (9:33.70). Junior Ben Lindsey, a two-time discus All-American, ensured his third straight NCAA appearance with an automatic discus mark of 200-8. Freshman Cecilia Barnes burst onto the collegiate scene with an NCAA provisional discus mark (167-0) on March 20 in Sacramento, Calif. The men's team features provisional qualifiers Jacob Predmore, who reached the decathlon standard on April 1-2 in Davis, Calif. (7,213), sophomore Justin St. Clair (225-10) in the javelin and freshman Rob Minnitti (222-10) in the javelin.

1998 NCAA Recap: Washington sent five women along with three men's individual qualifiers and a relay team to the 1998 NCAA Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Six Huskies claimed All-America awards: Aretha Hill in the women's discus (2nd, 192-5), Ja'Warren Hooker in the men's 100 meters (3rd, 10.25), Ben Lindsey in the men's discus (5th, 193-1), Danelle Kabush in the women's 1,500 meters (9th, 4:22.85), Keisha Griffis in the women's 400-meter hurdles (9th, 59.26) and Geoff Perry in the men's 1,500 meters (3:48.57). Four of those All-Americans; Hooker, Lindsey, Griffis and Perry, return to compete for the 1999 Washington track & field squad.

Washington's 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Automatic Qualifiers (3)    Event   Mark    Year    Hometown (High School/JC)
Women (2)
Anna Aoki           10,000 meters   34:05.30    Jr. Vancouver, Wash. (Fort Vancouver HS)
Deeja Youngquist    10,000 meters   34:04.70    Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (1) Ben Lindsey Discus 200-8 Jr. Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS)

Provisional Qualifiers (5) Event Mark Year Hometown (High School/JC) Women (2) Cecilia Barnes Discus 167-0 Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West) Deeja Youngquist 3,000 meters 9:33.70 Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)

Men (3) Rob Minnitti Javelin 222-10 Fr. Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS) Jacob Predmore Decathlon 7,213 Jr. Duvall, Wash. (Cedarcrest HS) Justin St. Clair Javelin 225-9 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Franklin Pierce HS)

Next Week: Fri.-Sat., April 23-24 -- UW Track & Field at Drake Relays; Des Moines, Iowa

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