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Washington Tracksters Bring Home Third, Sixth Place Finishes from MPSF meet.
Release: 02/24/2001
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Feb. 24, 2001

SEATTLE -- The Husky men's track team came within four and a half points of the Mountain Pacific championship title thanks to the efforts of five event winners on the second day of competition, earning the team third-place overall honors.

Senior Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) bettered both of his automatic qualifying marks, despite the altitude, en route to winning the 60- and 200-meter dash events. Sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.) topped his provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault by more than four inches, while earning top honors. Senior David Bazzi (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Jason Fayant (Spokane, Wash.) also won their events for the Husky men, the mile run and 5,000 meters respectively.

The UW men, who placed third behind Washington State and Arizona, improved on last year's sixth place performance despite missing four NCAA competitors.

On the women's side, the 4x400-meter relay team of Kelsey Sheppard, Chelsie Pentz, Tesha Moore and Arlene Bledsoe notched a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:41.77, despite the altitude, en route to a runner-up finish in the event. Sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) earned second place for the UW women in the 5,000-meter run, her first 5K race of the indoor season.

The Husky women placed sixth in the meet despite having only 15 team members compete due to injury. The UW women placed fourth at last year's Mountain Pacific Championships.

The Final Tally

Men's Scores: 1. Washington State, 108.5, 2. Arizona, 105, 3. Washington, 104, 4. Utah State, 85, 5. UCLA, 83, 6. Oregon, 60.5, 7. Arizona State, 32.5, 8. Stanford, 30, 9. Long Beach State, 2.5

Women's Scores: 1. Arizona, 142, 2. UCLA, 130, 3. Washington State, 125, 4. Arizona State, 51.5, 5. Utah State, 51, 6. Washington, 50, 7. Stanford, 45.5, 8. Long Beach State, 16.

Husky Scorers

Feb. 24, 2001, Mountain Pacific Indoor Championships Flagstaff, Ariz.

Women

*2. 4x400-meter Relay Team 3:41.77

Sheppard, Pentz, Moore, Bledsoe

2. Kate Bradshaw 5,000m 17:49.69

3. Jamara Smith 60m dash 7.71

4. Distance Medley Relay Team 13:00.85

Syrdal, Hawkins, Rogers, Chapman

6. Kara Syrdal Mile run 5:16.50

6. Brittiny Roberts Triple jump 37-4

7. Shavon Hawkins 60m dash 7.89

7. Chelsie Pentz 400m dash 56.79

7. Kate Spigel 5,000m 19:23.94

8. Arlene Bledsoe 400m dash 58.15

8. Elizabeth Rogers 800m run 2:24.30

Men

1. Ja'Warren Hooker 60m dash 6.51

1. Ja'Warren Hooker 200m dash 20.75

1. Brad Walker Pole Vault 17-9

1. David Bazzi Mile run 4:19.09

1. Jason Fayant 5,000m 15:25.59

2. Bevan Brian 800m run 1:56.38

3. 4x400-meter Relay Team 3:11.93

Walters, Hooker, Adams, Goodrich

4. Distance Medley Relay Team 11:00.85

Snyder, Sahlberg, Duke, Hill

5. Zach Sahlberg 800m run 1:58.73

7. Tyriff Rudder Long jump 22-11 3/4

*NCAA Provisional Qualifier

Passing to a Higher Level

The UW women's 4x400 relay team of junior Kelsey Sheppard (Bellevue, Wash.), senior Chelsie Pentz (Kitsap, Wash.), Tesha Moore (Everett, Wash.) and Arlene Bledsoe (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:41.77, despite the altitude, en route to a runner-up finish in the event at the Mountain Pacific Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., Saturday.

In the event that not enough teams reach the NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the 4x400, teams reaching the provisional mark will be added in order of performance to ensure a full field.

"Hook"ing It Up

Senior Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) bettered both of his automatic qualifying marks, despite the altitude, en route to winning the 60- and 200-meter dash events at the Mountain Pacific Indoor Championships. He improved his 60-meter mark to an altitude adjusted 6.55 seconds and dropped his 200-meter time to an altitude adjusted 20.75 seconds.

"Walk"ing to Higher Ground

Sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.) topped his provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault by more than four inches, while earning top honors at the Mountain Pacific Indoor Championships. Walker boosted his career and season-best height from 17-4 1/2 to 17-9, Saturday.

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