Track & Field at Harry Jerome Classic
May 18, 1998
BURNABY, B.C. - Washington freshman Ja'Warren Hooker remained undefeated in outdoor races this spring with a 100-meter victory and the Husky 400-meter relay team finished second to a Canadian all-star squad Sunday during the Harry Jerome Classic at Swanguard Stadium.
Hooker won his 10th straight 100-meter race, clocking a speedy time of 10.33 seconds despite strong headwinds. He did not compete against the anticipated field of Olympians as many of the world-class competitors, including world record holder Donovan Bailey, chose to compete only in the relay events.
The Washington 4 x 100 relay unit of Hooker, Willem Ryan, Tyler Rose and B.J. Dawson posted a season-best time of 40.14 and finished behind the winning mark of 39.46. The victorious Canadian team included Bailey, Bruny Surin and Glenroy Gilbert who made up three-fourths of the gold medal team that upset the U.S. National Team during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Washington middle-distance standouts Geoff Perry and Chris Ledford each improved their NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 1,500 meters. Perry posted a third-place time of 3:43.43 while Ledford was fourth in 3:44.33.