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Washington Track Teams Travel to Iowa, Oregon for Competition
Release: 04/25/2001
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April 25, 2001

SEATTLE--The Washington track teams will represented in both Iowa and Oregon this weekend as the Huskies split squads for the second-straight week.

A large group of Huskies will travel to the Midwest for the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the premier track events in the country, Friday and Saturday. (See below for entries). The remainder of the UW squads will compete at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene on Saturday, which will feature more than 1,000 athletes from around the country.

Drake History: Washington senior sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) is a two-time Drake Relays champion in the 100-meter dash. He won the title in 1998, missed the 1999 competition due to a hamstring injury in the preliminary heat of the event, and rebounded to regain the title in 2000. Hooker is also the defending champion in the 200-meter dash. He outraced the field in a special invitational 200 meter last year.

Sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) took the 10,000-meter title at the 2000 Drake Relays, posting the fifth-fastest time in Husky history in her collegiate 10K debut.

Other returning finishers from the 2000 Drakes are senior Anna Aoki (3rd, 5,000 meters) and junior Kelsey Sheppard (3rd, 400m hurdles). Senior David Bazzi is the lone remaining member of the 1999 champion 4x1600-meter relay team.

Oregon Invite History: Sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.) will take aim at the pole vault title won by teammate Matt Phillips in 2000. Walker finished second behind Phillips at last year's Oregon Invite. High jumper Frank Remund looks to better his seventh place finish from the 2000 Invitational. Morgan Thompson will seek to improve on his 12th-place finish in the 5,000.

Results from the Oregon meet will be available on the web at www.goducks.com. Results from the Drake relays will available daily on www.drakerelays.org.

Prospective Competitors at Drake Relays

MEN

100m: Ja'Warren Hooker

200m: Ja'Warren Hooker

3,000m: Jason Fayant

5,000m: Mike Hill

110m Hurdles: Greg Barber

400m Hurdles: Brad Goodrich

High Jump: Sean Steele

Triple jump: Marcus Kelly

4x100m relay pool: Alexander, Forni, James, Goodrich, Hooker

4x110m Shuttle Hurdle Relay: James, Barber, Christianson, Goodrich

4x200m relay pool: Alexander, Forni, James, Goodrich, Hooker

4x400m relay pool: Adams, Brian, Graham, James, Goodrich & Hooker

4x1600m relay pool: Bazzi, Duke, Kok, Fayant, Garner

Sprint Medley: Graham, Alexander, Adams, Brian

Distance Medley Pool: Duke, Adams, Kok, Brian, Bazzi

WOMEN

5000m: Anna Aoki, Kate Bradshaw

400m Hurdles: Kelsey Sheppard

Javelin: Megan Spriestersbach, Heather Reichmann

4x100m relay: Smith, Pentz, T. Moore, Ogarro

4x200m relay: Smith, Pentz, T. Moore, Ogarro

Sprint Medley Relay: Smith, Pentz, T. Moore, Golob

Distance Medley Relay Pool: Palmer, Sheppard, Pentz, Golob, Aoki

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 Friday. 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 fourth on the NCAA best list, while Aoki's time of 34:04.77 ranks her ninth 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 Friday. The time puts Aoki atop 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 29th 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 Friday. Palmer, who finished fourth in the 5,000 at the 2000 United Kingdom Olympic Trials, ranks 15th 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 Saturday. The time is good enough to put him in 10th 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 10th on the NCAA best list, while his 100-meter mark ranks 19th 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 12th 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 156-3 ranks her 12th on the current NCAA best list.

Going Higher

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 Saturday. The mark ranks Walker 13th on the NCAA best list.

A Circle of Hurdles

Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Kirkland, Wash.) ranks 16th 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 competed in the 400 hurdles at the 2000 NCAA championships.

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