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Marshevet Hooker: 200-Meter Contender


Marshevet Hooker: 200-Meter Contender

Marshevet Hooker

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Marshevet Hooker led the first two qualifying rounds of the 100 meters at the Olympic Trials, but wound up making the U.S. team in the 200 instead. In Beijing, she was again strong in the heats before finishing fifth in the final. She placed second at the 2008 World Athletic Final. She qualified for the 2009 World Championships at 200 meters but didn't reach the final.

Might as well jump:

For a while it appeared that Hooker’s best event could be the long jump. In 2005 she was ranked sixth in the U.S. in the long jump and seventh in the 100 meters. In 2006 she placed eighth in the long jump at the U.S. Outdoor Championships and won the NCAA long jump title.

On trial:

Hooker’s wind-aided 10.76 clocking in the quarterfinals was the fastest 100-meter time for any competitor during the 2008 Olympic Trials. But she missed an Olympic berth by finishing fourth in the final at 10.93. In the 200, however, she saved her best for last, finishing third in the final at 22.20 seconds to edge fourth-place Lauryn Williams by .01.

Career highlights:

The versatile Hooker won four NCAA championships in four different events for the University of Texas. In 2005 she won the Outdoor 100 meters and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay squad to lead Texas to the NCAA title. In 2006 she was the Indoor champ at 60 meters and in the long jump.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 148
  • Birth date: September 25,1984
  • Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
  • Personal bests:10.93 (100 meters); 22.34 (200 meters)


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