May 10, 2001
SEATTLE-- The Husky track teams will be in familiar confines as they compete at the Ken Foreman Invitational Saturday at Husky Stadium, their last regular-season meet.
The Huskies will, however, be guests on their home track as Seattle Pacific plays host to the meet, their lone "home" meet of the season, Saturday.
The meet offers a surprise chance for Husky fans to see the track teams in action before the championship season begins next week with the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley, Calif. The SPU meet, which was originally cancelled due to the construction in the throwing area east of Husky Stadium, has been split between three venues, Husky Stadium (track events and jumps), Sealth Stadium in West Seattle (shot put, discus and javelin) and Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash., (hammer throw).
Nearly all of the Husky athletes who are healthy and eligible to compete will participate in the Invitational in front of a home crowd for the last time during the 2001 season. The hammer competition will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. at PLU, while the rest of the meet begins at 10 a.m. on Friday at both Husky Stadium and Sealth Stadium.
The Ken Foreman Invitational, formerly the SPU Invitational, dates back to 1987 and features both collegiate and club athletes from throughout the Northwest. The meet is a last-chance qualifier for Division II, III and NAIA Nationals and serves as the last qualifying meet for Division I conference meets like the Pac-10 Championships, which takes place May 19-20. The SPU Invitational as renamed to honor longtime SPU coach Ken Foreman, who retired from collegiate coaching in 2000 as the reigning national coach of the year.
The 1999 Invitational Revisited
Washington senior sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) broke the UW school record in the 400-meters en route to winning the event at the Invitational last year. Other 2000 event winners for the UW men were: John Russell (Spokane, Wash.) in the 1500, and 2000 senior Matt Phillips in the pole vault. Russell will not be defending his title as he is red-shirting the track season due to tendonitis. Sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.), last year's runner-up, will try to keep the pole vault title in the hands of the Huskies.
Husky event winners on the women's side were Chelsie Pentz (Kitsap, Wash.) in the 100 and 200, Arlene Bledsoe (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the 800m, Liza English (Yakima, Wash.) in the 5000, Kelsey Sheppard (Bellevue, Wash) in the 100m hurdles, Shavon Hawkins (Aurora, Colo.) in the 400m hurdles, 2000 senior Sesilia Thomas in the shot put and discus along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Event Schedule for the Ken Foreman Invitational
11:30 a.m. -- Women's 5000m run
11:55 a.m. -- Men's Steeplechase
12:15 p.m. -- Women's 4x100m relay
-- Men's 4x100m relay
12:25 p.m. -- Women's 1500m run
-- Men's 1500m run
12:50 p.m. -- Women's 100m Hurdles
-- Men's 110m Hurdles
1:20 p.m. -- Women's 400m run
-- Men's 400m run
1:35 p.m. -- Women's 100m dash
-- Men's 100m dash
1:55 p.m. -- Women's 800m run
-- Men's 800m run
2:30 p.m. -- Women's 400m Hurdles
-- Men's 400m Hurdles
2:50 p.m. -- Women's 200m dash
-- Men's 200m dash
3:10 p.m. -- Men's 5,000m run
3:35 p.m. -- Women's 3000m run
3:45 p.m. -- Women's 4x400m relay
-- Men's 4x400m relay
Fri (4p.m.) -- Hammer (m&w)#
10 a.m. -- Men's Shot Put*
Women's Shot Put to follow
10 a.m. -- Women's Javelin*
Men's Javelin to follow
Women's Discus* to follow
Men's Discus to follow
10 a.m. -- Women's Pole Vault
Men's Pole Vault to follow
10 a.m. -- Women's Long jump
Men's Long jump to follow
Women's Triple jump to follow
Men's Triple jump to follow
11 a.m. -- Men's High jump
Women's High jump to follow
#--Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash.
*--Sealth Stadium, West Seattle
On the Road to the NCAAs
The Zen of Bazzi
Senior David Bazzi (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea) shattered the Washington school record in the 10,000-meter run, recording an automatic qualifying time of 28:34.54 at the Stanford Invitational March 31. The time currently ranks him in the No. 4 spot on the NCAA best list. Bazzi competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 NCAAs.
Bazzi again proved himself to be among the premier Husky distance runners ever by breaking his own Washington record in the 5,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays April 20. The automatic qualifying mark of 13:40.61, which ranks him fifth in the nation in the event, topped his 2000 record-setting time by more than seven seconds.
The Distance Trio
Sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) and senior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.) both reached the automatic qualifying mark in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invite March 31. Bradshaw ran a 33:35.51, which ranks fifth on the NCAA best list, while Aoki's time of 34:04.77 ranks her 10th overall in the event.
Aoki sliced 35 seconds off of her season-best mark to surpass the automatic qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:01.20 at the Mt. SAC Relays April 20. The time puts Aoki seventh on the NCAA Best List in the 5,000. Bradshaw, the first Husky to qualify for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships, reached the provisional mark in the 5,000 with a time of 16:38.97 at the Washington Outdoor Preview, March 3 in Seattle. Her mark ranks her 54th overall in the event.
Sophomore Gillian Palmer (Helensburgh, Scotland) joined the duo as a qualifier in the 5,000-meter run, clocking a provisional mark of 16:22.91 at the Mt. SAC Relays April 20. Palmer, who finished fourth in the 5,000 at the 2000 United Kingdom Olympic Trials, ranks 30th overall on the NCAA Best List.
The Need for Speed (Takes 1, 2, and 3)
Senior Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.), an eight-time All-America, made himself a three-event NCAA qualifier recording a provisional time of 45.96 in the 400-meter dash in his first effort of the season, at the Mt. SAC Relays April 21. The time is good enough to put him in 17th place on the NCAA best list. Hooker had already clocked provisional times in both the 100 (10.33) and 200-meter dashes (20.57) in his first outdoor outing of the 2001 campaign at the Cal Quad Meet March 17. He then improved his 100-meter mark to 10.27 at the Stanford Invitational, March 31. His 200-meter time ranks him 11th on the NCAA best list, while his 100-meter mark ranks 22nd overall. Hooker was an alternate on the eventual gold-medal winning Olympic 4x400-meter relay team.
Going the Distance
Junior Jason Fayant (Spokane, Wash.) clocked a provisional qualifying mark of 14:02.12 in the 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational March 31. His time ranks 28th on the NCAA best list.
Airing It Out
Sophomore Megan Spriestersbach (Lakewood, Wash.) bettered her season-best mark by more than five feet en route to a provisional qualifying throw in the javelin competition at the Stanford meet March 31. Spriestersbach's throw of 156-4 ranks her 15th on the current NCAA best list.
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 at the Cal Quad, March 17. He then tacked on another two and a half inches to improve his qualifying height to 17-7 at the Mt. SAC Relays April 21. The mark ranks Walker 14th on the NCAA best list.
A Circle of Hurdles
Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Kirkland, Wash.) ranks 22nd on the NCAA best list after recording a provisional qualifying mark of 58.76 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Stanford Invite, April 1. Sheppard, who competed in the 400 hurdles at the 2000 NCAA championships, then improved the mark to 58.75 at the Drake Relays Thursday.
Red-shirt freshman Kate Spigel (Albuquerque, N.M.) finally broke the 11:10 barrier to provisionally qualify for the NCAAs in the women's 3000m-steeplechase, a new event for the women this year. Spigel recorded a 11:09.75 at the Ohio Quad meet May 5. The mark would rank her among the top 100 nationally. The mark is the current UW record in the steeplechase.