Wildcat Track And Field Tops NAU, Edged By ASU

May 6, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz.- The University of Arizona men's and women's track and field teams each beat Northern Arizona in dual meet action Saturday night, but Arizona State edged the Wildcats at Sun Angel Stadium.

The Arizona State women slipped past the Wildcats, 101-99, as Arizona smoked Northern Arizona, 123-68. Arizona and Arizona State were tied at 96 going into the last event, the women's 4x400m relay. The Sun Devils easily won the race, finishing in 3 minutes, 40.41 seconds, while Arizona was second in 3:47.90.

Arizona State's men beat the Wildcats 107-83, while the Arizona men beat the Lumberjacks 97-80.

Senior Mike Kenyon provided the highlight of the night for the Arizona men, running a personal-best time of 45.43 to win the 400 meters. Kenyon's time was only 0.03 seconds off the NCAA automatic time, and was against excellent competition. ASU's Tony Berrian and Michael Campbell ran 45.61 and 45.65, respectively, to finish second and third. Wildcat sophomore Matt Lea placed fourth in 47.17.

Senior Andrea Dutoit broke her own school outdoor record in the pole vault with a winning clearance of 13-7 � (4.15m). Using a new set of poles, Dutoit improved on the height of 13-5 � (4.10m) that she and freshman Amy Linnen have both cleared this season.

Junior Brianna Glenn was her usual outstanding self, winning the 100m and 200m and finishing second in the long jump. She ran 11.46 in the 100m, 23.59 in the 200m and had an outdoor season-best of 21-1 1/2w (6.44m) in the long jump.

Senior Erin Doherty won the 1,500m in a personal-best time of 4:25.94. Her time improved on her previous best of 4:26.21, which she ran last weekend at the Drake Relays. Freshman Beth Hoge ran 4:32.17 to finish fifth in the race, while juniors Tara Chaplin and Jennifer Burris ran 4:32.31 and 4:34.35, respectively, to finish sixth and seventh.

Sophomore Matt Wagner had a personal-best throw of 217 feet, 5 inches (66.26m) to win the javelin throw. His throw was also a Pacific-10 Conference qualifier and the No. 8 throw in school history.

Junior Nicole Kraus notched a personal-best of 181-9 (55.10m) to win the hammer throw with the third-best throw in school history. Senior Rori Kelly and sophomore Alexandra Komnos finished first and second, respectively, in the 100m high hurdles, running 13.82 and 13.87, respectively.

Junior Jules Doumbya won the 400m hurdles in 51.44, edging senior teammate Keith Varga, who ran 52.04 to finish second. Freshman Chris Chappell cleared 15-5 (4.70m) to win the pole vault, and freshman Kevin Opalka cleared 6-2 � (1.90m) to win the high jump.

The Wildcats take next week off before traveling to the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley, Calif., May 19-20.

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