Arizona Women Sweep, Men Split at Intra-State Track Meet

Feb. 15, 2002

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Flagstaff, Ariz. on Thursday to take on in-state rivals, Northern Arizona and Arizona State. In a late meet, the Arizona women swept past ASU and NAU, while the men earned a split with a win over NAU and a loss to ASU.

In the double-dual meet, the Arizona women slipped by ASU with a 78-77 win, while they blew by NAU with a 92-54 victory. The men earned a convincing win over NAU outscoring the Lumberjacks 83-72, but they came up short against ASU losing 80.50-76.50.

The Wildcat women were led by several impressive performances winning seven of the 15 events. Brianna Glenn was responsible for three of those victories in the 60m, 200m, and the triple jump. She ran a time of 7.38 in the 60m, 24.23 in the 200m, and finished with a mark of 41-5 � in the triple jump. Glenn also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 20-2 �.

Seynabou Ndiaye placed second behind Glenn in the 60m finishing in 7.54. Chelsea Powell was the lone runner in the 400m for the Wildcats finishing fourth with a time of 57.77. In the 60m hurdles, Alexandra Komnos led the way for Arizona with a second-place finish in 8.62. She was accompanied by teammates Powell (fourth, 8.99) and Lindsay Scarborough (fifth, 9.11). The Wildcat women fielded their first 4x400m relay team this year, which finished second to ASU. The team was made up of Ndiaye, Powell, Scarborough, and Cara Cline.

The Arizona women were also very successful in the longer distances. Cline led the way with a first-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:15.80. Beth Hoge led a trio of Wildcats in the mile run. She finished third in 5:08.64, followed by fourth place Jennifer Burris in 5:09.35 and fifth place Tara Chaplin in 5:14.28. Chaplin was second in the 3,000m finishing in 10:25.52, while teammate Abby Peters finished third in 10:38.11. The distance medley relay team, made up of Burris, Danielle Price, Powell, and Hoge, finished first in 12:30.09.

The Wildcats continued their success on the field, getting more national qualifying marks in the pole vault and the triple jump. Sarah Jacobs added her name to the qualifiers list with a second-place finish in the pole vault and a mark of 12-5 �. Amy Linnen won the event with a vault of 13-9. Linnen also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5-5. Brianna Glenn added another event to the three she has already qualified for. This time she provisionally qualified for the triple jump finishing first with a mark of 41-5 �. In the throwing events, Angela Foster finished third in the shot put, throwing 42-10 �, and she was first in the weight throw finishing with a best toss of 56-7 �.

The Arizona men's team won six of the fifteen events. The highlights were provided mostly in the field events with victories in the pole vault, triple jump, and the weight throw. It was Kevin Opalka and Chris Chappell leading the Wildcats in the pole vault with both finishing at 16-7 �. J.R. Harrison won the triple jump with a leap of 49-2 �. Richard Legarra took top honors in the weight throw with a finishing mark of 60-3 �. Thrower Sean Shields eclipsed the freshman shot put record that he has set on a weekly basis this season. This week, a toss of 62-0 � broke the UA freshman record.

In the sprinting events, Mike Kenyon took top honors in the 400m, with a time of 46.62. Matt Lea was third finishing in 47.33. Kenyon was also third in the 200m running 21.27. Chris Harris led the Wildcats in the 60m with a third-place finish and a time of 6.85. Jeff Hunter was fourth in the 60m hurdles finishing in 8.10, while Ray Wells was fifth in 8.34. The 4x400m relay team, made up of Lea, Hunter, Jules Doumbya, and Kenyon, finished second in 3:11.38.

Aaron Powell continued his success in the 800m with a first-place finish in a time of 1:55.22. Steve Smith led the Wildcats in the mile run finishing fourth in 4:19.46. Mark Anderson was fifth in the 3,000m with a finishing time of 8:55.85. The distance medley relay team took top honors finishing in 10:28.16. The team was made up of Jin Daikoku, Mike Thomas, Powell, and Smith.

The Arizona men's and women's track and field teams next competition is the Mountain Pacific Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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