Two Husky Tracksters to Represent U.S. at Summer Olympics
July 25, 2000
SEATTLE - Sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, who enters his senior year at Washington this fall, and former Husky thrower Adam Setliff will represent the United States in the track and field competition at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The track and field competition is scheduled for Sept. 22 through Oct. 1.
Setliff clinched his second Olympic berth with a winning men's discus throw of 209 feet, 10 inches on July 23 during the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif. His winning throw was 14 inches better than runner-up John Godina''s mark of 208-8.
At the 1986 Summer Games in Atlanta, Setliff placed 12th with a mark of 184-8. The Houston, Texas native transferred to Washington after two years at Rice. He competed two years for the Huskies and was the Pac-10 men's discus runner-up both seasons, in 1992 and 1993. He was a fifth-place NCAA finisher in 1993.
Setliff was ranked third entering the Olympic trials. He placed third at the U.S. championships in 1997 en route to a seventh-place performance at the World Championships. Setliff was the national runner-up in 1998 and did not compete in 1999 due to injuries.
Another former Husky discus thrower, Aretha Hill fell just short in her bid for another Olympic appearance with a fourth-place showing at the Trials. Hill registered a 35th-place performance of 183-10 at the 1996 Olympics. She was ranked fourth entering the Olympic trials after placing third at the U.S. championships in both 1998 and 1999.
A graduate of Renton (Wash.) High School, Hill was a four-time All-American at Washington from 1995-98. She won Pacific-10 Conference discus titles in 1996 and 1998 and capped her collegiate career with a runner-up performance at the 1998 NCAA championships.
In 1998, Hill launched an American Collegiate Record and school record throw of 215-3 in San Diego, Calif. That mark ranks as the third-best effort ever by an American female.
Hooker competed in all three rounds of the 400-meter event, including a winning time of 44.78 in his semifinal heat. That mark, a career-best clocking, was the second-fastest qualifying time behind eventual winner Michael Johnson. Hooker posted a seventh-place time of 45.05 as the lone collegiate competitor in the finals.
In the 200-meter preliminaries, Hooker finished second in his heat with a time of 20.88, but did not advance to the semifinals.
Hooker was asked to be a member of the six-man 4 x 40-meter relay pool, an invitation he received from U.S. men's head coach John Chaplin on July 23. He is not guaranteed of racing in the Olympics, but will begin training with the other relay members in mid-August before traveling to Sydney in September.
A two-year Husky football letterman, Hooker did not compete on the gridiron in 1999 in order to concentrate on track. He is unlikely to participate in football this season due to the Olympics that conclude in October.
Hooker capped his junior season at Washington as the Huskies most decorated sprinter. He was voted the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year for the second time. The Ellensburg (Wash.) High School product captured both the 100-meter (10.19) and 200-meter (20.39) titles at the Pac-10 championships on May 21 in Eugene, Ore. Hooker also won both events as a freshman in 1998, earning his first Pac-10 Men's Athlete of the Year award.
During the 2000 season, Hooker added two school records to the 100-meter standard of 10.18 that he established in 1998. He clocked a 400-meter time of 44.91 on May 13 in Seattle to shave nearly one second off the record of 45.81 set by Orlando McKay in 1990. Hooker broke the 19-year-old 200-meter mark on April 15 in Tempe, Ariz. with a time of 20.33 and improved that record by another .01 with a mark of 20.23 on May 6 in Provo, Utah.
At the NCAA championships, Hooker placed sixth in the 200 meters. He finished sixth in both the 60- and 200-meter races at the NCAA indoor championship meet.
Ben Lindsey, who concluded his collegiate career in June with his fourth straight NCAA championship meet appearance, placed 18th in the men's shot put among 26 Olympic trials competitors. He did not advance to the 12-man finals despite a fine put of 58-3.
A graduate of Lynnwood (Wash.) High School, Lindsey won the 2000 Pac-10 shot put title and garnered three All-America awards from 1997-2000.
Two-time NCAA All-American Justin St. Clair, who is entering his senior year at Washington, placed 18th in the 37-man javelin field. His throw of 222-1 did not qualify him for the 12-man finals.
St. Clair was ranked 30th entering the Olympic trials. The graduate of Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School earned his second All-America certificate in June, ending his junior year with a sixth-place NCAA result.
Washington Athletes on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team
Results of Washington Athletes at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials
Justin St. Clair