March 20, 2001
SEATTLE--After a week of training in the California sun, the Washington track teams get set for another quad meet, this time in Davis, Calif., Saturday.
The Huskies will take on host UC Davis along with Nevada, Chico State and Pac-10 rival California at the meet.
Twenty-two women and 30 men made the trek to California for the spring trip, which also included a stop in Berkeley last Saturday.
Before leaving for the eight-day trip, head coach Orin Richburg said he hoped the Davis meet would allow the team some flexibility in entries.
"The UC Davis meet will be a meet where we will try to change the kids up in events," Richburg said. "If everything goes the way we anticipate at the Cal meet (March 17), then we hope to be able to move some kids around and try some new options. We need to try to get as many Pac-10 qualifiers as we can. If we can potentially put someone in more than one event come Pac-10s, that gives us a lot more flexibility going in."
Last Saturday's meet in Berkeley, Calif, was not quite as successful as Richburg had hoped, with the Huskies finishing fourth among the competitors, behind Cal, Washington State and UCLA. The typically strong dual meet teams fell to the schools in both overall and dual meet competition.
One positive of the Berkeley meet was that three individuals reached NCAA provisional qualifying marks during the competition. Senior Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.), an eight-time All-America, clocked provisional times in both the 100 (10.33) and 200-meter dashes (20.57) in his first outdoor outing of the 2001 campaign. Hooker also received USA Track & Field accolades for his performances, as he was named USATF Athlete of the Week.
Sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.), who earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor meet March 10, reached the provisional mark in the pole vault, clearing his career-best height of 17-4 1/2.
Senior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.) surpassed the provisional standard in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:36.19 at the meet Saturday.
The three join sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.), who reached the provisional mark in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:38.97 at the Washington Outdoor Preview, March 3 in Seattle, in the quest for an NCAA Outdoor title.
Full results from the UC Davis Quad meet will be available on the UC Davis website: athletics.ucdavis.edu.