UA's Glenn Wins NCAA Long Jump Title

May 30, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Arizona junior Brianna Glenn won the first NCAA title of her career Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Glenn, from La Mirada, Calif., jumped 21-feet, 6 � inches (6.56m) on her first jump of the competition, and it held up for the win. Rice's Alice Falaiye finished second with a leap of 21-1 1/4 (6.43m). Arizona State's Tiffany Greer hit a jump of 21-0 � (6.42m) on her final attempt to move up from sixth into third place.

'This is a great feeling to come out and start the competition with a win,' Glenn said. 'It took a lot of the pressure off me to get a good jump in at the start of things. I have not had that advantage before, and it allowed me to relax for a while.'

Her win also moved the Arizona women in to a tie for first place with Idaho with 10 points after two finals on the first day. Glenn was considered one of the top runners in the 100m and 200m entering the meet, but many overlooked her going into the long jump.

'I don't think that a lot of people know me for my long jumping ability,' Glenn said. 'I feel like I have a lot of upside in the long jump, though, and I have only been concentrating it for a couple of years. My big problem with my long jump has been inconsistency, but I feel like I am the best long jumper out there.'

After her big jump of the night, Glenn did not even make her second and third jumps. She skipped them to concentrate on the preliminaries of the 200m, which were run in the middle of her long jump flight.

She came through in the 200m, too, winning her heat in 23.00 seconds (wind-aided). She advanced to Saturday's final in that event. Glenn will also run in the 100m qualifying heats tomorrow. She won both the 100m and 200m at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships May 21 in Berkeley, Calif.

'This is a great way to start out the competition with a win,' Glenn said. 'Last year, I finished poorly (17th) in the long jump (at the NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C.), and that was not a great way to go into the meet. I won't go home with my head down tonight, and this starts things on the right track.'

Glenn earned the sixth All-American honors of her career. Her title is the 13th in Arizona women's track and field history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the seventh most by schools. It is also the first for an Arizona woman since Amy Skieresz won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles in 1998.

Senior Christian Banken was the other Wildcat to compete in a final at Wednesday. He finished 16th in the men's javelin competition with a toss of 206-4 (62.90m).

Sophomore Nicole Gurnicz finished ninth in her heat and 18th overall in the preliminaries of the women's 3,000m steeplechase. Gurnicz, who has been battling a cold this week, finished in 10 minutes, 57.08 seconds. Brigham Young's Nan Evans had the fastest time of all athletes in the heats, 10:11.54.

Oregon leads the men's points race with 16, while Southern California and Notre Dame are tied for second with 10 each.

Competition continues tomorrow, beginning at 3 p.m. Two Wildcats will compete on the second day of the meet. Senior Mike Kenyon will run in the prelims of the men's 400m, and Glenn will run in the first of three rounds in the 100m.

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