February 20, 1999
RENO, Nev. - The Husky men's and women's track teams used a flurry of NCAA provsional qualifying marks to achieve identical fifth-place finishes in Saturday's Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet. The Husky men finished with 61 points, well behind MPSF-champion Stanford, at 128. Washington State won the women's title with 117 points, while the Huskies finished with 59.
The women's distance tandem of Deeja Younguist and Anna Aoki stayed together all day, posting four provsional qualifiers between them. Youngquist led the way in the 3,000m event, placing third in the in 9 minutes, 51.17 seconds, just ahead of Aoki's fourth-place mark of 9:52.23. The two thenswitched places in the 5,000m run, with Aoki taking second in 17:10.60, and Youngquist third at 17:14.16. All four times were provisional qualifiers.
Husky senior Derek Prior, who ranks ninth nationally in the 400m dash, bested his previous provisional qualifier in the event, placing second to Utah State's Corey Hurdock. Both Hurdock and Prior broke the former meet record of 46.66 seconds, with Hurdock crossingthe line in 46.51, and Prior in 46.64. Also finishing ahead of the NCAA provisional standard was the men's 4x400m relay team, which finished second in 3:14.02.
The most anticipated matchup of the weekend - that of 1998 60m national champion Ja'Warren Hooker and Arizona State's super sprinter Marcus Brunson - failed to come off, as Hooker stayed home to prepare for the outdoor season. In Hooker's absence, Brunson posted a blistering 6.06 second mark in the preliminaries,the fastest in the nation this year, and won the event with 6.13 in the finals.
Friday's competition saw many Huskies put themselves in prime position for a run at a conference title. Junior thrower Seselia Thomas fell just three feet short of first place in the shot put, finishing second with a throw of 48' 5.25". UCLA's Chaniqua Ross won the event with a 51' 1" put. Husky all-American Ben Lindsey also moved up on Friday, posting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 59' 8.25" in the shot put, en route to a fourth-place finish. With that throw, Lindsey became the seventh Husky to qualify for March's NCAA Indoor National Championships, joining sophomore Ja'Warren Hooker (60m), juniors Anna Aoki (3,000m, 5,000m) and Seselia Thomas (shot put), seniors Derek Prior (400m) and Deeja Youngquist (3,000m, 5,000m), and the men's 4x400m relay squad of Hooker, Prior, junior James Mackey and senior Scott Anabel. The championships will be held March 6-7 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.