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Huskies, Cougars set for cross-state battle on Mooberry Track
Release: 04/04/2001
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April 4, 2001

SEATTLE--The Husky track teams will take on cross-state rival Washington State in a dual meet in Pullman, Wash., Saturday.

The UW teams, which now boast eight NCAA qualifiers in nine different events, go into the dual meet after an off-weekend for the majority of the team.

Twelve Husky athletes travelled to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational Saturday and Sunday, and seven of those twelve reached at least NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Leading the Husky qualifying attack was senior David Bazzi (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea), who shattered the Washington school record in the 10,000-meter run, en route to an automatic qualifying time of 28:34.54. The 15-year-old record of 28:58.2 was set by Curt Corvin in 1986.

Senior sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.) also gained his share of the spotlight, running a wind-aided 20.33, the world's fastest 200-meter dash time of the young 2001 outdoor season. Sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) and senior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.) also had good showings at Stanford, reaching automatic qualifying marks in the 10,000m.

WSU Dual Meet History

The dual meet is an annual competition between the Huskies and the Cougars that began in 1900 for the men and in 1979 for the women. The Cougar men boast a 54-30-1 record over Washington, but the UW men have won three of the last five meetings, including a 106-57 win in Pullman. The Husky women lead Washington State 18-6, despite falling the last three years to the Cougars, including last year's 110-44 defeat.

Featured Match-ups

Hooker, who owns the dual meet record in the 100m, will take on WSU's Anson Henry and Anthony Buchanan in the men's sprints. Bazzi will face WSU's top distance runner Jon Welsh in the 1500 and 5000. UW senior Chelsie Pentz will battle WSU freshman Eric Reed in the 200 meter. The 400-meter hurdles will feature the Huskies' Kelsey Sheppard, an NCAA qualifier in the event, and WSU's Randi Smith, who has run a 59.02 just a few tenths away from Sheppard's season-best 58.76.

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 Saturday. The time was good enough to boost him into the No. 2 spot on the NCAA best list. Bazzi competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 NCAAs.

The Distance Duo

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 this weekend. Bradshaw ran a 33:35.51, which ranks third on the NCAA best list, while Aoki's time of 34:04.77 ranks her sixth overall in the event.

Both women have also earned provisional marks in the 5,000-meter run. Aoki surpassed the standard with a time of 16:36.19 at the Cal Quad meet, March 17. 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. Aoki is 13th overall in the 5,000 on the NCAA best list, while Bradshaw is just behind at 14th.

The Need for Speed

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. His 200-meter time ranks him fourth on the NCAA best list, while his 100-meter mark ranks ninth overall. Hooker also ran a wind-aided 20.33 in the 200 at the Stanford Invitational Saturday, the world's fastest 200-meter time of the young 2001 outdoor season.

A Circle of Hurdles

Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Kirkland, Wash.) ranks third on the NCAA best list after recording a provisional qualifying mark of 58.76 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Stanford Invite. Sheppard competed in the 400 hurdles at the 2000 NCAA championships.

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 Saturday. His time ranks fifth 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 Saturday. Spriestersbach's throw ranks her sixth 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. The mark ranks Walker tied for sixth on the NCAA best list.

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