Meet Marshevet Hooker, a track and field star well on her way to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. See photos, video and read a biography of Marshevet below.
Marshevet Hooker won the 100 meter in 10.76 seconds Friday at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials, and in doing so tied the world record set by Evelyn Ashford. Unfortunately, her time was helped by the wind, 3.4 meters per second to be exact, and it was more than the allowable 2.0 meters per second to count as an official record.
“I wasn’t thinking. I was just running,” Hooker said. “I got out and I saw I was a little behind so I just aligned my body and got after it. “I’m happy with (the time) but that wasn’t the final,” Hooker said. “I proved that I made it through the first round. That’s it.”
Marshevet will compete Saturday night in the 100 meter finals of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
As a biography, Marshevet Hooker was born on September 25, 1984. She is 23 years old. She attended Southwest High School in San Antonio, Texas and graduated in 2003. She went on to the University of Texas, where she is an eight time All-American, and helped the school win its fourth NCAA track and field outdoor title.
She wanted to pursue a professional track and field career, so in June 2006, she waived her last season of eligibility with Texas so she could concentrate on a professional track and field career. She was the Big 12 Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the year for 2005 and 2006.
In 2007, she was 1st in the 60m at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games and 1st at the Tyson Invitational.
Thus far in 2008, she placed 2nd at the Reebok Grand Prix and 2nd at Kingston. She placed 3rd in the 200m at the Adidas Track Classic.
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