Washington Track Teams Take on Oregon in Dual Meet

April 10, 2001

SEATTLE--The Washington men's and women's track teams will look for better results as they travel south to take on the Oregon Ducks in the annual dual meet, Saturday.

The UW teams head to Eugene, Ore., with the disappointing performances at last week's cross-state dual with Washington State in mind. Both the Husky men and women fell to the Cougars in Pullman, Saturday.

Oregon Dual Meet History

The dual meet is an annual competition between the Huskies and the Ducks that began in 1900 for the men and in 1977 for the women. The Oregon men boast a 57-32 record over Washington, but the UW men have won the last four meetings, three of which were in Eugene, including a one-point victory (82-81) in 1998 in Seattle. The Oregon women lead the Huskies 18-6, but the UW women have won three of the last five meetings. Oregon edged Washington by six points at last year's meeting in Eugene.

Featured Match-ups

Senior Ja'Warren Hooker, who set the dual meet record in the 100m last year, will take on Oregon's Micah Harris in the 200 and Duck freshman Brandon Holliday in the sprints. UW pole vaulter Brad Walker will face Oregon freshman Trevor Woods in the event, both have cleared 17-4 1/2, the provisional qualifying mark. Another tough match-up will feature Husky Sean Steele vs. Jason Boness in the high jump. Both men boast season-best clearances of 7-0 1/2, just an inch short of the NCAA provisional mark. In the distance events, UW's David Bazzi and Jason Fayant, both NCAA qualifiers, will take on the Duck's distance specialist, red-shirt freshman Jason Hartmann, who boasts an automatic qualifying mark in the 10,000 meters, in the 3000-meter run, a non-championship event.

On the women's side, Anna Aoki and Kate Bradshaw will face Oregon's distance corps of NCAA qualifier Hanna Smedstad and Tara Struyk in the 3,000m. UW's provisional qualifier in the javelin, Megan Spriestersbach will throw against Oregon's NCAA javelin hope, Sarah Malone. Washington hurdler Kelsey Sheppard will face Oregon freshman Ann Sullivan in the 100-meter hurdles. Both women are closing in on the 14 second mark. The Husky throwers will face tough competition taking on Pac-10 qualifiers in all three weight events including provisional qualifier Mary Etter in the discus.

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. 3 spot on the NCAA best list. Bazzi competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 NCAAs.

The Distance Duo

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 fourth on the NCAA best list, while Aoki's time of 34:04.77 ranks her eighth overall in the event.

Both women have also earned provisional marks in the 5,000-meter run. Aoki surpassed the standard with a time of 16:36.19 at the Cal Quad meet, March 17. 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. Aoki is currently 17th overall in the 5,000 on the NCAA best list, while Bradshaw is just behind at 18th.

The Need for Speed

Senior Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash.), an eight-time All-America, 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 fourth on the NCAA best list, while his 100-meter mark ranks 15th overall. (TCU's Kim Collins leads the nation in both the 100 and 200 with times of 9.99 and 20.44 respectively.) Hooker also ran a wind-aided 20.33 in the 200 at the Stanford Invitational Saturday, the world's fastest 200-meter time of the young 2001 outdoor season.

A Circle of Hurdles

Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Kirkland, Wash.) ranks seventh 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 competed in the 400 hurdles at the 2000 NCAA championships.

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 sixth 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 ranks her ninth 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. The mark ranks Walker 13th on the NCAA best list.

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