Doherty, Glenn Move Ahead At NCAA Track And Field Championships
June 1, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Two University of Arizona women's track and field runners qualified for their respective events Thursday at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Junior Brianna Glenn qualified for tomorrow's 100m semifinals by running 11.41w seconds in the prelims. Glenn, who won the long jump title yesterday, finished fourth in her heat after a slow start. It was the first time this year she has lost a 100m race this year. She also won her 200m heat and qualified for Saturday's final in that event.
Senior Erin Doherty qualified for the first NCAA Track and Field final of her career, as she ran her second fastest time ever, 4:19.66, in the prelims of the women's 1,500m. Doherty finished sixth in her heat, but easily qualified for Saturday's final with the eighth fastest time overall. Doherty, who graduated from Flowing Wells H.S. in Tucson, was running in her first NCAA Track and Field event.
Senior Mike Kenyon ran 46.53 in his heat of the 400m preliminaries to finish fifth and did not qualify for Saturday's final. Kenyon started well, running through 200m in 22.1 seconds, but he tied up entering the final 100m and did not finish well.
The Citrus Heights, Calif., native did earn All-America honors for his efforts. He finished 14th overall out of four heats, and because seven foreigners were in the race, Kenyon will earn the third All-America honors of his career.
Kenyon will have the chance to compete next year if he graduates by December. Under an NCAA rule, non-qualifiers out of high school, like Kenyon was, are restored a year of eligibility if they complete degree requirements before the start of their ï¿½fifth ï¿½ year.
Kenyon was the last men's competitor for the Wildcats, who will finish without a point at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 1986. Arizona had only two competitors at the meet ï¿½ senior javelin thrower Christian Banken was the other ï¿½ also the fewest men the Wildcats have had at the meet since 1986.
The competition continues tomorrow with senior Andrea Dutoit and freshman Amy Linnen in the pole vault finals and Glenn in the 100m semifinals for the Wildcats.