Donald Sage Named Pac-10 Track & Field Newcomer Of The Year
June 13, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford freshman Donald Sage was honored as the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year, while head coach Vin Lananna was named the Men's Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Marcus Brunson of Arizona State was named the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while Brianna Glenn of Arizona was named Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year. UCLA's Sheena Johnson was named the Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year. UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the women's Coach of the Year.
It was the second straight men's coaching honor for Lananna, who earned co-coach of the year accolades last season. Lananna guided the Cardinal to their first Pac-10 men's title since 1927, scoring 142 points to defeat USC (136) and UCLA (115.5). Stanford finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, its fourth top-four finish in as many seasons. Bolden claimed her fifth consecutive women's coaching honor and her seventh in the last eight years as the UCLA women's team captured its fifth consecutive Conference championship, scoring 155 points to edge USC (153). It marked the Bruins' 12th Pac-10 title in 15 attempts. UCLA finished second at the NCAA Championships.
Sage, a freshman from Elmhurst, Ill., finished second in the 1,500 meters (3:43.70) at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth (3:39.27) at NCAAs, helping the Cardinal to its first Pac-10 title since 1927 and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. His 1,500 meters time of 3:39.27 was tops among collegiate freshmen this season. He also placed fourth in the 5,000 meters (14:14.08.5) at the Pac-10 Championships.
Brunson, a senior from Tempe, Ariz., captured both the 100-meter (10.21) and 200-meter (20.62) titles at the Pac-10 Championships and was a member of ASU's first-place 4x400 meter relay team. Brunson concludes his Sun Devil career as a seven-time All-American and is the school record holder in the 100 meters (10.10). He placed third in the 100 meters (10.26) and fourth in the 200 meters (20.60w) at the NCAA Championships, and was amember of ASU's fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team.
Glenn, a junior from LaMirada, Calif., won the 100-meter (11.39) and 200-meter (23.26) titles at the Pac-10 Championships, and placed third in the long jump (6.06m/19-10 3/4). At the NCAA Championships, she went on to capture the 200-meter (22.92w) and long jump (6.56m/21-6 1/4) titles, and placed third in the 100 meters (11.21w). Glenn was the only female athlete to win two individual titles at the meet, and she became the first woman in NCAA track and field history to win the long jump and a sprint event.
Johnson, a freshman from Staford, Va., won the 400-meter hurdles (56.02) and was a member of UCLA's first-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:32.82) at the Pac-10 Championships. She also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (13.82.5). Her 400-meter hurdles time of 56.02 was tops in the Conference this season.
The honors were decided by a vote of the Conference's track and field coaches.