Seven Huskies Qualify For NCAAs at Stanford Invitational

April 1, 2001

Palo Alto, CA--Only twelve Washington track athletes made the trip to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational Saturday and Sunday, but those athletes made a big impact, as seven Huskies reached NCAA qualifying marks during the competition.

In Sunday's action, senior sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash) set a new Stanford Invitational meet record, clocking a 20.33 in the 200-meter dash, the world's best outdoor time in the 200 so far for 2001, and guaranteeing himself a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. Hooker also won the 100-meter event in a provisional qualifying mark of 10.34. In Saturday's preliminary heats of the event, he recorded his season-best time with a mark of 10.27. His previous best for 2001 was a 10.33 at the Cal Quad, March 17.

Senior David Bazzi (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea) lead the pack of UW qualifiers Saturday, recording an automatic qualifying time of 28:34.54 en route to a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run, an event he competed in at the 2000 NCAAs.

Continuing the success of Husky distance runners, sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) and senior Anna Aoki (Vancouver, Wash.) both surpassed the automatic qualifying mark in the women's 10,000m. Bradshaw, the 2000 Pac-10 champion in the 10,000, was sixth overall in the event at Stanford in a time of 33:35.51. Aoki, a NCAA competitor in the event in 2000 and the 1999 Pac-10 champion in the 10K, finished 11th in a time of 34:04.77, Saturday in Palo Alto.

Sophomore Megan Spriestersbach (Lakewood, Wash.) bettered her season-best mark by more than five feet en route to a third place finish and a provisional qualifying mark of 156-3 (47.62m). Junior Jason Fayant (Spokane, Wash.) clocked a provisional qualifying mark of 14:02.12 in the 5,000m run Saturday.

Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Kirkland, Wash.) finished out the Huskies' weekend qualifiers with a provisional mark of 58.76 in the 400-meter hurdles, Sunday. Sheppard, who competed at the 2000 NCAAs in the 400 hurdles, clocked a Pac-10 qualifying time of 14.27 in the 100m hurdles in Saturday's preliminary heats, but did not qualify for the event finals.

Senior Sean Steele (Orting, Wash.) won the men's high jump with a clearance of 6-9 3/4, while sophomore Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash.) was the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing a height of 17-2 3/4. Walker, who earned All-America status at the 2001 NCAAIndoor meet, notched his best mark of the season, a provisional qualifying 17-4 1/2, at the Cal Quad meet March 17.

Red-shirt freshman Eric Garner (Kelso, Wash.) qualified for the Pac-10 Championships, recording a 3:49.65 in the 1500m, Sunday, and earning 19th place overall. Garner ran in the steeplechase Saturday, clocking a 9:16.33. Red-shirt freshman Dustin Duke (Bothell, Wash) also competed in the 1500, Sunday, crossing the finish line in 3:53.67.

Senior Chelsie Pentz (Silverdale, Wash.) placed third overall in the 200-meter dash (25.17) and fifth in the 400-meter dash (55.76) on Sunday.

Men's Results

1. Ja'Warren Hooker, 100m, 10.34.

1. Ja'Warren Hooker, 200m, 20.33* (meet record).

1. Sean Steele, High jump, 6-9 3/4

2. Brad Walker, Pole vault, 17-2 3/4

3. David Bazzi, 10,000m, 28:34.54*

11. Jason Fayant, 5,000m, 14:02.12

19. Eric Garner, 1500m, 3:49.65

27. Eric Garner, Steeplechase, 9:16.33.

29. Dustin Duke, 1500m, 3:53.67

Women's Results

1. Kelsey Sheppard, 400m hurdles, 58.76

3. Chelsie Pentz, 200m, 25.17

3. Megan Spriestersbach, Javelin, 156-3

5. Chelsie Pentz, 400m, 55.76

6. Kate Bradshaw, 10,000m, 33:35.51*

11. Anna Aoki, 10,000m, 34:07.77*

*NCAA Automatic Qualifiers

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