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Washington Track Teams Prep for Trip to Ohio
Release: 05/02/2001
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May 2, 2001

SEATTLE--The Husky track teams jump two time zones and travel nearly 2500 miles to compete in Ohio Saturday and Sunday.

The Washington tracksters will face off against teams from Ohio, Kent and Bowling Green in a quad meet Saturday in Athens. The teams will then trek up-state to Columbus, Ohio, for the Jesse Owens Invitational on Sunday.

Head coach Orin Richburg said the meets in Ohio will make for a full plate for the Huskies.

"The quad meet in Ohio is a scoring meet and the competition will be very good," Richburg said. "We will have our hands full with Ohio University, Kent and Bowling Green on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, we will have some individuals competing in an invitational meet. People will be coming from all over the country--North Carolina, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama--to compete as individuals or in relays there. Competition will definitely be very good this weekend at both the quad and the invitational."

Results from the Ohio Quad meet will be available on the Ohio website, www.ohiobobcats.com following the meet on Saturday. Results from the Jesse Owens Invitational will be available on the Ohio State website, www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com following Sunday's meet.

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 fourth 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 50th 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 26th 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 16th 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 21st 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 21st 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 14th 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 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.

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