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Player Bio: Ja'Warren Hooker :: Track



  Ja'Warren Hooker
Ja'Warren Hooker
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ellensburg, Wash.

High School:
Ellensburg

Event:
Sprints

Birthdate:
09/24/1978

Experience:
3V

Major:
English

A member of the six-man 4x400-relay pool that represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Hooker, a six-time All-American, is returning for his senior season. 2000 (non-NCAA): Won his semi-final heat at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., with a 400m time of 44.78, his career best... Placed seventh in the 400m finals... Competed internationally in Italy, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland... Won the 400 meters in Italy, finished second at the MAI Galan meet in Malmo, Sweden, and took third at the Zurich Weltklasse meet in Switzerland, all Olympic tune-up meets... Traveled to Sydney as part of the 4x400 relay pool, but was not chosen as one of the race competitors on the eventual gold-medal winning 4x400 team.

As a Husky: 1999-2000: Earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish in the 200m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships... Set the Washington school record in the 200m (20.23) at the Brigham Young Invitational May 6 and the Washington school record in the 400m (44.91) at the Seattle Pacific Invitational May 13… Tied his own Washington school record (10.18) in the 100m with a wind-aided mark at the Stanford Invitational... Was the Pac-10 Champion in the 100m (10.19) and 200m (20.39) advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships... Placed sixth in the 200m (20.67) and 13th in the 100m (10.35) at the NCAAs… Also earned Pac-10 track athlete of the year accolades... During the indoor season, he remained unbeaten in 14 consecutive sprint races before the Cyclone Last Chance Qualifier… Qualified to the NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 60m and 200m, placing sixth in both events in times of 6.68 seconds (60m) and 20.67 (200m)… Was named U.S. Track Coaches Association West Region Athlete of the Year… 1998-99: Placed fourth in the 100m (10.34) and third in the 200m (20.80) at the Pac-10 Championships... Reached the NCAA provisional standards in the 100 (10.34) and 200 (20.80), but didn’t earn an invitation to the championships. 1997-98: The 1998 Pac-10 male track athlete of the year... Won both the 100- and 200-meter events at the 1998 Pac-10 Championships to become the first ever Washington double-event winner... Finished fifth in the 200 meters at the 1998 USATF Nationals, clocking a 20.54 in the prelims, a 20.64 in the semifinals and a 20.63 in the finals... Also ran the 100m, advancing to the semifinals with a time of 10.18... Finished third at the 1998 NCAA Championships in the 100 with a time of 10.25... Won 21consecutive sprint races, including NCAA preliminary and semifinal heats, before being beaten in the 100-meter final... Established a new school record in the 100m with a time of 10.18 at the Colorado Dual meet (May 2, 1998)... Boasts the fifth-best 200-meter time in Husky history with a mark of 20.70... Clocked a winning time of 10.41, despite adverse winds, to win the 1998 Drake Relays 100-meter title... Won the NCAA Indoor 55-meter title with a time of 6.13 seconds on March 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. ... That was the first national track title by a UW male since 1986 when Mike Ramos won the NCAA decathlon ... Also ran a leg on the Huskies’ eighth-place (3:10.60) 4x400 indoor relay team ... Posted a best 55m time ( 6.09) on Feb. 21, 1998 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

In the Prep ranks:The nation’s top high school 100-meter man in 1997, registering a Washington state-record time of 10.27... Set state marks in the 200 (21.02) and 400 (46.23) to rank No. 5 nationally among 1997 prep competitors... Won eight state track titles, the most ever by a Washington high school boy... Won three state 100m titles, three in the 200m and two in the 400m... Honored as a 1997 prep All-American in the 100, 200 and 400 by Track & Field News magazine... Won three major titles in 1997, outracing the 100m fields at the Golden West, USATF Junior and Pan-Am Junior meets.

On the Gridiron:UW Football (1997 & 1998): Lettered two years as a wide receiver on the Husky football team, but did not participate during the 1999 season... Suffered through an injury-plagued football season in 1998, playing seven games with four starts... Missed four games and the Oahu Bowl after suffering a partially separated shoulder in the season opener... Caught nine passes for 78 yards with a long of 21 yards... Averaged 32.0 yards on five kickoff returns with a long of 61 yards... Had a phenomenal freshman football campaign, catching six passes for 136 yards, an average of 22.7 per grab... Scored on an 89-yard kickoff return at Arizona the first time he touched the ball as a collegian... Breakaway threat who had three receptions for touchdowns from distances of 44, 41 and 28 yards... High School: Rushed for 1,385 yards in 138 carries, including 15 TDs his senior season at Ellensburg High... Completed his prep football career as the school’s all-time rushing champion with 3,589 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Personal Bests

55 meters (Indoor)....... 6.09

100 meters................. 10.18

200 meters................. 20.23

400 meters................. 44.91

Non-NCAA marks:

200m.......................... 20.54

400m.......................... 44.78

Washington Track & Field
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