June 20, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington distance runner Sabrina Monro followed up an outstanding senior track season Friday with a 15th-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships at Stanford's Cobb Track. Monro was one of two Huskies competing Friday, the second day of the four-day competition.
The senior, who capped her collegiate career last weekend with a 10th-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, crossed the line Friday in 16 minutes, 13.31 seconds, faster than all but five women in Washington history. NIKE's Marla Runyan, who is legally blind, won her third-consecutive USA 5,000-meter title, finishing in 15:16.18. Runyan is the American record-holder indoors in the event.
"Sabrina's been going at an incredible pace for us all season, from setting indoor records in May to her top-10 NCAA finish last weekend," said first-year head coach Greg Metcalf of Monro, ranks among the top-three UW women all-time in four different events. "It's been a long season, but anyone who knows Sabrina knows that she's not going to slow down as long as there are still obstacles to overcome. She's as tough as they come, and she proved that in coming out here and running a terrific race tonight."
Just before Monro took to the track, the crowd at Cobb Track was treated to another peformance by a former UW star, as sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker competed in the semi-finals of the men's 400-meter dash. A member of the 4x400-meter relay pool at the 2000 Olympic Games, Hooker placed fifth in his heat in 46.12 seconds, missing by just over a tenth of a second the last of eight spots in Saturday's final.
Hooker, who competes professionally for Asics, qualified for Friday's semi-final with a win in his preliminary heat Thursday. The UW record-holder at 100-, 200- and 400-meters, Hooker was a nine-time All-American at Washington, and was the 1998 NCAA Indoor Champion at 55 meters.
Also on Thursday, former Husky All-American Aretha Hill was crowned U.S. discus champion with a throw of 209 feet, 11 inches that was four feet beyond her nearest competitor, American record-holder Suzy Powell of Asics. Hill, who ranks third in the world outdoors in 2003, threw the discus at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was a two-time Pac-10 Champion in the event during her illustrious UW career.
Saturday's action will keep the Husky track and field faithful busy, as freshman hurdler Brynne Steward and freshman distance runner Mike Sayenko compete in Junior National events, and UW assistant coach Kelly MacDonald runs against America's best in the finals of the women's steeplechase.
For complete entry lists, schedules and results of the 2003 USA Senior and Junior National Championships, visit www.usatf.org.