Arizona Track and Field Competes For Pacific-10 Title in Berkeley
May 17, 2001
The University of Arizona men's and women's track and field teamstravel to Berkeley, Calif., May 19-20, for the 2001 Pacific-10 ConferenceTrack and Field Championships. The meet begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, and9:30 a.m., Sunday. Cal hosts this year's competition at Edwards Stadium.
Arizona will send a large contingent of athletes to the 2001NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The meet willbe held at historic Hayward Field and runs from May 30 through June 2.
Arizona beat Northern Arizona in men's and women's dual meetcompetition, but was edged in both scores by Arizona State at the annualintrastate dual meet on May 5. Senior Mike Kenyon provided one of theindividual highlights of the meet for Arizona, winning the 400m in 45.43, aPB and No. 2 time in school history. Senior Andrea Dutoit broke her ownschool outdoor record in the pole vault, clearing 13-7 1/4 (4.15m) to winthe competition. Junior Brianna Glenn claimed victories in the 100m and200m and finished second in the long jump. Other event winners at the meetfor the Wildcats were senior Erin Doherty (1,500m), junior Tara Chaplin(3,000m), junior Nicole Kraus (hammer), sophomore Matt Wagner (javelin),junior Jules Doumbya (400m hurdles) and freshman Kevin Opalka (pole vault).
The Arizona men's and women's track and field teams bothfinished sixth at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, Ore. Despitethe low finishes at the Pac-10 meet, the teams went out to outstandingperformances at the NCAA Championships, the men finishing sixth and thewomen 19th. Three Arizona athletes -- seniors Esko Mikkola (javelin) andCarolyn Jackson (400m) and junior Patrick Nduwimana (800m) -- wonconference titles in their events, while three others -- seniors JeremyLyon (3,000m steeplechase), Ola Larsen (javelin) and Nicole Thomas (400mhurdles) -- all finished second in their events. Mikkola and Nduwimanawere repeat winners at the Championships, Mikkola becoming the firstthree-time javelin winner in conference history.
Junior Brianna Glenn returns as one of the most versatile athletesin NCAA Division I track and field. Last year, she earned threeAll-America honors in the indoor 60m and long jump and outdoor 100m. Shealso reeled off school records in the indoor 60m, 200m and long jump andthe outdoor 100m, long jump and was a member of the 4x100m relay team.Glenn broke her own school 100m record several times throughout the season,finally running a PR of 11.33 in the semifinals of the NCAA Championshipsin Durham, N.C. During the summer, Glenn continued her improvements,hitting the sand with a long jump record of 21-10 (6.65m) at a Pre-OlympicTrial meet in Flagstaff, Ariz. At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Glennfinished 11th in the finals of the long jump and was 12th in the semis ofthe 100m in Sacramento. This year she continued her elite performancesduring the indoor season. She ran the No. 2 collegiate time this season inthe 60m, 7.26, at the Iowa State Last Chance meet. At the 2001 NCAA IndoorChampionships, Glenn finished third in the 60m (7.35) and fourth in thelong jump (21-1 1/4, 6.43m), earning All-America finished in both. She wonthree events at the Jim Click Shootout, bring home the 100m (11.48), 200m(23.59) and long jump (21-0, 6.40m) titles. Glenn again dominated the 100mfield at the Texas Relays, winning the Invitational 100m in 11.21w. Lastweekend, she won the 100m and 200m at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational inBerkeley, Calif., easily beating rival Angela Williams of USC in the 200m.Glenn beat a former Trojan, Nike's Torri Edwards, in impressive fashion atthe Mt. SAC Relays. Glenn clocked a time of 11.16w to win the Invitational100m crown. She earned Pac-10 Female Track Athlete of the Week for thesecond time this season with that finish. Glenn then ran her best 200m ofthe season, clocking a time of 23.34, an NCAA provisional time, to win theSpecial 200m at the Drake Relays.
Four-time All-American Tara Chaplin has been one of thetop female distance runners in the nation over the past three seasons. Thejunior has shown again this year that she will continue to hold thatposition, finishing second in the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championshipsand then running her No. 2 outdoor 5,000m time early in the season. At theStanford Invitational, March 30, Chaplin ran 16:12.53, just off her outdoorPR of 16:11.73, which she ran at Stanford last May. Chaplin, a Montpelier,Vt., native won the 2000 Pac-10 Cross Country Championship and was the 1999Pac-10 5,000m winner as a freshman. Chaplin coasted to a win at the BrutusHamilton Invitational in the 5,000m, running 16:45.43.
One would have to ask, how smart can a person be if theypropel themselves into the air on a fiberglass pole, risking life and limbto clear a bar? When talking about Arizona senior Andrea Dutoit, the answeris very smart. Dutoit, who was formerly Andrea Neary before marryingformer Wildcat pole vaulter Jeff Dutoit during the summer of 2000, was anindoor and outdoor All-American last year, and earned Academic All-Americahonors with a 4.0 grade point average in physiological sciences. She wasan Academic All-Pac-10 selection and was named the 2000 Raytheon FemaleAthlete of the Year for her work in the classroom and athletically. Shecleared 13-1 1/2 (4.00m) twice in 2000 -- at the Jim Click Shootout and theNCAA Championships. She also qualified for and competed at the OlympicTrials, although she did not clear a height. In her first competition ofthe 2001 indoor season, Dutoit shattered the school record, clearing 13-51/4 (4.10m) at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. That mark is the No. 3performance overall, No. 2 indoors, in Pacific-10 Conference history. Shethen tied the school record with a win in the vault at the UA-ASU-NAU dualmeet in Flagstaff Feb. 16. She came through at the NCAA IndoorChampionships, finishing tied for second with UCLA's Tracy O'Hara at 13-91/4 (4.20m), a new school record. It took a collegiate record, 14-9 1/2(4.51m) by Georgia's Thorey Elisdottir, to beat Dutoit. She began heroutdoor meet with another auto qualifier and school record, 13-5 1/4(4.10m) at the Willie Williams Classic on March 16. She reached thatheight again at the Texas Relays, finishing third, second collegiately.Dutoit then won the pole vault at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational,clearing 13-1 1/2 (4.00m). Dutoit reset the school outdoor record inTempe, Ariz., at the May 5 intrastate dual meet, clearing 13-7 1/4 (4.15m).
Arizona senior Mike Kenyon made a name for himself lastseason in his first year as a Wildcat after transferring from CalState-Sacramento. He ran the second-fastest time in school outdoorhistory, 45.78. That time also qualified him for the NCAA OutdoorChampionships. This year, however, he is writing his name permanently intothe school record books. After running 47.16 on Feb. 10 in Cannon IVClassic in Indianapolis to set the school record, Kenyon ran 46.56 inFlagstaff on Feb. 16, a strong NCAA provisional qualifier. The followingweek, he won the 400m title at the MPSF Championships in Flagstaff. Kenyonadvanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships where he finished fourth in hisheat and 11th overall, earning All-America honors. He also ran a very fastleg on the 4x400m relay, helping it finish fourth in school record time,3:06.50. Kenyon opened his outdoor season with a NCAA provisional time of46.15 to win the event at the Willie Williams Classic. Kenyon then ran45.97, another provisional time, to easily win the 400m at the Jim ClickShootout. Kenyon then coasted to a win in the 200m (21.52) and finishedsecond in the 400m (46.71) in the 400m at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
Kenyon ran a PB and the No. 2 time in school history of 45.43 May 5 at theintrastate dual meet in Tempe, Ariz. He beat ASU's Tony Berrian andMichael Campbell, two of the top 400m runners in the country, in the event,finishing just 0.03 off the NCAA automatic time.
The Wildcats already had a slew of talented women's polevaulters before Amy Linnen came to Tucson as a freshman this year. As asenior at Mt. Siani (N.Y.) High School, Linnen was the No. 1 prep vaulterand she has continued her progress this year. She opened her season with12-7 1/2 (3.85m) and 12-8 (3.86m) performances and then broke the 13-footmark with a 13-1 3/4 (4.01m) Feb. 16 in Flagstaff. The following weekendin Flagstaff, she finished second at the MPSF Championships with a vault of13-2 1/2 (4.03m). At the NCAA Indoor Championships, she really took off,finishing fifth at 13-9 1/4 (4.20m). That mark ties her for third bestcollegiality this year and ties her with senior Andrea Dutoit for theschool indoor record. Linnen missed the first four weeks of the outdoorseason with a laceration on her hand, but came back in impressive fashion,finishing second at the Texas Relays with a clearance at 13-5 1/4 (4.10m),the NCAA auto standard.
The Arizona women's team received a bolster over theChristmas holidays when junior Angela Foster enrolled in school. Shebecame the NJCAA national record holder in the hammer at Moorpark Collegein Southern California last year, but she signed and was intending oncompeting at Purdue this year. However, because of a coaching changethere, she transferred to Arizona and has made an immediate impact. At theWillie Williams Classic, she shattered the school and Drachman Stadiumrecord in the hammer throw with a colossal toss of 207-3 (63.16m). Thatmark, an NCAA automatic qualifier ranks No. 9 all-time collegiality, No. 7amongst American collegiates and is No. 2 in Pacific-10 Conference history.
Foster then threw the hammer 197-8 (60.24m) in a meet at UC-San Diego.She finished third in the hammer at the Texas Relays with a toss of 202-7(61.74m).
As if an NCAA Outdoor Championship, Olympic semifinalappearance and 800m PR of 1:44.06 were not enough, Patrick Nduwimanareturned to Arizona for one final year of indoor eligibility. He wasforced to sit out the 2000 indoor season with an Achilles'' tendon injury,which proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Wildcats, as Nduwimanawent on to win the 800m title at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships inrecord-setting fashion and anchored the 4x400m relay team to a fourth placefinish at the meet. His time, 1:45.33, at the Indoor Championships set anNCAA meet and school indoor record. He also was a part of the 4x400m relayteam that ran 3:06.50 to set a school record and finish fourth at the meet.
In 2000, Nduwimana won the NCAA Outdoor 800m title in a blazing time of1:45.08, and he continued his excellent running on the European circuitduring the summer. He continually dropped his 800m school record at meetsaround Europe, finally running 1:44.06 in Brussels, Belgium on Aug. 25. Hethen travelled to Sydney, Australia, to run in the 2000 Summer Olympics forhis native Burundi. He finished second in his qualifying heat and then wasfifth in an uncharastically slow time in the semifinals. Nonetheless,Nduwimana finished with the No. 10 time in the world, the top finish forany returning collegiate athlete. His time at the NCAA Championships wasalso the fastest run on U.S. soil last year.
The Wildcats capped their finest indoor season inschool history last week with a fantastic performance at the NCAA IndoorChampionships. Arizona's women took only four athletes to the meet inFayetteville, Ark., but they brought home a trophy (kind of) with a tie forthird place and each athlete earned All-America honors. The only downsideto the competition was that since Arizona tied Clemson for third with 30points, a coin-flip was necessary to determine who took home the trophy andwho gets one in the mail later. Unfortunately, Wildcat head coach DaveMurray lost the flip, so the trophy will come later from the NCAA. TheArizona men fared almost as well, finishing 13th with 15 points. SeniorPatrick Nduwimana closed his Arizona career with a bang, winning the 800mtitle in a collegiate all-time best of 1:45.33. The race was Nduwimana'slast as a Wildcat since he concluded his outdoor eligibility in 2000. Themen's 4x400m relay team of junior Matt Lea, senior Mike Kenyon, juniorJules Doumbya, and Nduwimana finished fourth at the meet, setting a schoolrecord, 3:06.50, in the process. The pole vault was the major source ofpoints for the Wildcat women as senior Andrea Dutoit tied for second, andfreshman Amy Linnen placed fifth. Both athletes cleared huge PBs of 13-91/4 (4.20m), as did UCLA's Tracy O'Hara and Houston's Rhian Clark, so theplacing was decided with the countback. Junior Tara Chaplin achieved herbest finish ever at an NCAA event, finishing second in the 5,000m(16:13.58). Junior Brianna Glenn finished third in the 60m (7.35) andfourth in the long jump (21-1 1/4, 6.43m). Kenyon also earned All-Americahonors by finishing 11th in the 400m (47.12). In all, the Wildcats earnedseven individual All-America laurels and a relay All-America honors at themeet, not bad for taking only six athletes and one relay team.
2000 In Review:
The University of Arizona track and field teams concludedone of the best seasons in school history at the NCAA Championships inDurham, N.C., taking home two national titles and seven All-America honors. After earning five All-America honors at the Indoor Championships inMarch, the Wildcats finished with 12 All-America honors, two NCAA titles,two top-20 team finishes and a top-10 team finish. The men's team tookonly five competitors to the NCAA Championships in Durham, and only threepeople scored, but they scored big, and the Wildcats placed sixth out of 75scoring teams with 26 points. Senior Esko Mikkola and junior PatrickNduwimana won NCAA individual titles in the javelin and 800m, respectively. Senior Jeff Dutoit finished third in the men's pole vault and nearly won anational title himself. The women's team had a very successful season, aswell. They finished tied for 19th out of 72 scoring teams at the NCAAChampionships with 12 points. Sophomore Brianna Glenn finished fourth inthe 100m, senior Carolyn Jackson placed fifth in the 400m, and juniorAndrea Neary finished sixth in the pole vault.
Senior Erin Doherty and junior Brianna Glenn took home eventtitles at the Drake Relays April 27-28 in Des Moines, Iowa. Glenn won theInvitational 200m in 23.34w, while Doherty claimed the collegiate/open1,500m title in 4:26.21. Both times were personal-bests, although Glennhas a faster wind-aided time. Senior Rori Kelly finished sixth in thecollegiate/open 100m high hurdles, running 13.53, while sophomore AlexandraKomnos finished fifth in the Special 100m high hurdles, running 13.60...Junior Brianna Glenn was spectacular again, winning the Invitational 100mat the Mt. SAC Relays on April 22. Glenn ran 11.16w, beating Nike's TorriEdwards, 11.20w, down the stretch. Junior Steve Smith ran a PB in the3,000m steeplechase at the meet, 8:51.82, an NCAA provisional qualifyingtime. Sophomore Nicole Gurnicz also ran a PB in the women's steeplechase,10:21.32, improving her provisional qualifier. Senior Katrin Engelen andfreshman Beth Hoge both picked up PBs in the 5,000m, 16:33.28 and 16:37.17,respectively... The Arizona women finished second and the Wildcat men werethird at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., lastweekend. Junior Brianna Glenn again led the Wildcat women, winning boththe 100m and 200m in impressive fashion. Senior Andrea Dutoit won the polevault, and freshman Teresa Frierson claimed victory in the 400m. On themen's side, senior Mike Kenyon won the 200m and was second in the 400m.Freshman Kevin Opalka was finished first for the first time in hiscollegiate career, winning the men's pole vault... Junior Brianna Glenndominated the 100m at the Texas Relays for the second straight season, thisyear capturing the Invitational 100m title in 11.21w. Her time set a MyersStadium record and is a PB for her, although wind-aided. Freshman AmyLinnen and senior Andrea Dutoit finished 2-3, 1-2 collegiality, in the polevault, both clearing 13-5 1/4 (4.10m), the NCAA auto standard. The men's4x400m relay team of Matt Lea, Keith Varga, Jules Doumbya and Mike Kenyonfinished fourth in the invitational 4x400m, running 3:07.74, theseventh-best time in school history... Arizona's distance runners andthrowers were the only ones in action March 30-31at the StanfordInvitational and UC-San Diego Invitational, respectively. Junior TaraChaplin had the most impressive run of Arizona's weekend at Stanford,clocking a time of 16:12.53 in the 5,000m, an NCAA automatic qualifier andher second-best outdoor time ever. Junior Angela Foster was the topcollegiate finisher and third overall in the hammer throw at the UC-SanDiego meet, notching a throw of 197-8 (60.24m)... The Wildcat women won theteam title at the Jim Click Shootout with 191.50 points over Georgia,Nebraska and Oklahoma. Arizona's men finished second being theCornhuskers. Senior Rori Kelly flew to an NCAA provisional qualifying timeof 13.49 in the 100m hurdles, winning the event in the No. 4 time in schoolhistory. Senior Mike Kenyon won the 400m in an NCAA provisional time of45.97, while junior Brianna Glenn won the 100m, 200m and long jumptitles... At its first home meet of the season, the Willie WilliamsClassic, March 16-17, the Wildcats recorded several NCAA qualifying marks.Junior Angela Foster provided the biggest performance of the meet, throwingthe hammer 207-3 (63.16m), a school and Drachman Stadium record. SeniorsMike Kenyon and Christian Banken provisionally qualified for the NCAAs inthe 400m and javelin, respectively, while Brianna Glenn notched aprovisional time in the 100m. Katrin Engelen and Nicole Gurnicz alsoearned provisional times in the first-ever 3,000m steeplechase run byArizona women... Junior Brianna Glenn turned in two record settingperformances at the Iowa State Last Chance meet March 2. She won the 60min 7.26 seconds, and the long jump with a mark of 21-6 1/4 (6.56m). Bothmarks are school records and No. 2 in the nation in the events. Severalother members of the team opened their outdoor seasons at the Bill SawyerInvitational in Tempe, Ariz. Highlighting the competition there, juniorAngela Foster turned in a school record throw in the hammer (194-6, 59.30m)in her first outdoor competition as a Wildcat.... The Arizona women's teamwon the MPSF Championships at the meet, Feb. 23-24, in Flagstaff, Ariz.Brianna Glenn won the 60m and 200m and finished second in the long jump.Tara Chaplin won the 3,000m and 5,000m, as well. The men's team finishedsecond at the meet, as Mike Kenyon won the 400m and led the 4x400m relayteam to a second place finish and school indoor record. Patrick Nduwimanawon the 800m, and Tom Prindiville captured the 3,000m title... The Wildcatsrecorded several outstanding times and performances at the NAU-ASUdouble-dual meet Feb. 16 in Flagstaff. Senior Mike Kenyon set the schoolindoor record for the second week in a row, clocking at time of 46.56seconds in the Skydome. The Arizona 4x400m time also ran a very quicktime. The team of Matt Lea, Kenyon, Jules Doumbya and Patrick Nduwimanaran 3:09.54, just three-hundreths off the school indoor record. SeniorAndrea Dutoit tied her own school record in the pole vault with a clearanceof 13-5 1/4 (4.10m), while freshman Amy Linnen finished second in the vaultwith a PR of 13-1 3/4 (4.01m)... Arizona had several outstandingperformances over the competitive weekend of Feb. 9-10 at the Cannon IVClassic and Flagstaff Invitational. Senior Mike Kenyon set a school recordin the 400m (47.16), and junior Brianna Glenn broke her own indoor longjump record, hitting the sand at 20-10 3/4 (6.37m). In Flagstaff, juniorRichard Legarra notched a big PR in the shot put, with a toss of 57-11 3/4(17.67m). Others collecting NCAA provisional qualifying marks were seniorPatrick Nduwimana (800m, 1:48.65), junior Cara Cline (800m, 2:08.38) andjunior Tara Chaplin (3,000m, 9:36.83)... Arizona took home 13 event titlesat the Wisconsin Elite Classic in Madison Jan. 27. Junior Brianna Glennwon both the 60m and long jump titles with strong NCAA provisionalqualifying marks, 7.38 and 20-8 1/2 (6.31m). Junior Richard Legarra alsowon two events, taking the shot and 35-lb. weight throw titles with marksof 60-4 1/2 (18.41m) and 55-7 1/2 (16.95m), respectively.
Director of track and field and cross country Dave Murray(Arizona, `65) enters his 34th year as a coach at Arizona, making him thelongest tenured coach in the Wildcat athletic department. In his years atArizona, Murray has coached 146 All-Americans in cross country and trackand field and 23 NCAA individual champions. Associate head coach FredHarvey (14th year, Cal Poly-SLO, `82) coaches the Arizona sprinters,hurdles and relay teams. Harvey has coached several world-class athletes,such as Patrick Nduwimana, a 2000 Olympic semifinalist and current Wildcat. Assistant coach Tom Hays (4th year, Kansas, `89) is one of the top polevault coaches in the nation and will direct the Wildcat jumpers thisseason. The newest face in the Wildcat track and field offices isassistant coach John Frazier (1st year, UCLA, `86). Frazier came toArizona from Florida and will lead the Wildcat throwers. Assistant coachDawn Mortensen (4th year, Arizona, `96) was a standout sprinter for theWildcats in the 1990s and now works with the Arizona sprinters and hurdlers.
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