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Sports: Football, track and field.

High school rewind: Won eight state championships in track, running the best times in state prep history in the 100 (10.27 seconds) and 200 meters (21.02). His 400 (46.23) ranks behind only national record holder Darrell Robinson in state history. Hooker was also an all state running back in football.

After high school: Played wide receiver for two football seasons for Washington, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball as a freshman. He quit football after the 1998 season to concentrate on track, where he was a two time All American. Hooker won the 55 meters at the NCAA indoor championships as a freshman and was third in the 100 outdoors that year. Olympic team as an alternate for the 1,600 meter relay in 2000, but didn’t compete.

Personal: One of seven children. Schoen, played for West Valley of Yakima last month at the Class 3A state boys basketball tournament.

Fast forward: The search for the perfect race and the chance to run in the Olympics still drives Hooker. Still, he insists the disappointment of not competing in Sydney isn’t what keeps him running.

“I haven’t run my best race yet,” said Hooker, 25. “I was the fastest kid in elementary school, the fastest kid in junior school, in high school and in college. I won’t quit until I’m the fastest again.”

Injuries slowed him in recent years, but he was healthy in 2003. Hooker moved in October to Los Angeles, where he trains with coach Jim Bush. A shoe contract with Asics pays his expenses while he trains six days a week.
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