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Washington Track Athletes To Compete at Stanford Invitational.
Release: 03/28/2001
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March 28, 2001

SEATTLE--A handful of Washington track athletes will make a trip back to California, Friday, to compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto.

The two-day meet, which runs Saturday and Sunday, pits the best athletes from around the nation against each other.

Husky head coach Orin Richburg said the eleven athletes that will make the trip for Washington are NCAA hopefuls.

"The group of kids that are competing at Stanford are the ones who have demonstrated a high level of ability and have the potential to qualify for the NCAA Championships," Richburg said. "This meet allows them the opportunity to get a qualifying mark out of the way early, so they can compete for the rest of the season without the pressure of trying to achieve that mark."

Full results from the Stanford Invitational meet will be available daily on the Stanford website: gostanford.com.

Prospective Competitors

100m: Ja'Warren Hooker

200m: Ja'Warren Hooker

1500m: Dustin Duke, Eric Garner

Steeplechase: Eric Garner

5000m: Jason Fayant

10,000m: David Bazzi

High jump: Sean Steele

Pole Vault: Brad Walker

Women

200m: Chelsie Pentz

400m: Chelsie Pentz

10,000m: Anna Aoki, Kate Bradshaw

100m hurdles: Kelsey Sheppard

400m hurdles: Kelsey Sheppard

Javelin: Megan Spriestersbach

A Look at the Qualifiers

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 at the Cal Quad Meet March 17.

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.

Senior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.) surpassed the provisional standard in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:36.19 at the March 17 meet in Berkeley, Calif.

The three join sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) in the quest for an NCAA Outdoor title. Bradshaw 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.

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