Arizona Track & Field Women Lead, Men Fifth at Mountain-Pacific Championships after Day One

Feb. 22, 2002

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed day one at the Mountain Pacific Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. on Friday. The Wildcat women are in the lead, while the men are fifth after four completed events. The Wildcats highlighted the day with several impressive performances on both the men's and women's sides.

The Arizona women have a commanding 13 point lead over conference-rival UCLA. The Wildcats have scored 48 points to UCLA's 35. Cal State-Northridge is in third with 18 points. UCLA leads the men's standings with 41 points, followed by Stanford (21 points), Oregon (21 points), Washington State (20 points) and the Wildcats with 14 points.

Brianna Glenn led the way for the Arizona women with the fastest time in the 200m preliminary heats with a 7.29. Glenn also had the third fastest time in the 200m with a 24.17. She will move on to the finals for both events tomorrow. In other sprinting action, Alexandra Komnos qualified for tomorrow's finals in the 60m hurdles. She finished sixth with a time of 8.59.

Danielle Price will compete in the 800m final after finishing seventh with a time of 2:19.84 in the preliminaries. In other distance events, the Wildcat women dominated the field in the 3,000m sweeping the top four spots. Tara Chaplin led the way with a 10:08.59 to win the race. Following Chaplin were Beth Hoge (second, 10:19.63), Jennifer Burris (third, 10:20.97) and Abby Peters (fourth, 10:22.20). Kim Bates was also a scorer for Arizona in the 3,000m with a seventh-place finish in a time of 10:37.89.

In the field events, Amy Linnen placed second in the pole vault with a finishing mark of 13-11 �. Phyllis Brown added a point for the Wildcats in the pole vault with an eighth-place finish at a height of 12-3 �. Glenn finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-3 �.

The Arizona men also saw several outstanding performances, including several by Mike Kenyon. Kenyon set a new school record in the 200m and sits atop the preliminary standings with a time of 20.99. Kenyon had the second fastest time in the 400m at 47.47 to qualify for the finals. Chris Harris also qualified for the 200m finals with a time of 21.63. In the 60m hurdles, Jeff Hunter will compete in tomorrow's final after running a time of 8.09.

Mark Anderson was one of two Wildcats to score in the distance races, finishing fourth in the 3,000m in 8:50.84. Steve Smith was sixth with a time of 8:59.35.

In the field events, J.R. Harrison placed fifth in the long jump after a leap of 24-1. Rich Legarra finished seventh in the weight throw after a toss of 61-2 �.

The Wildcats will be back in action tomorrow for the completion of the Mountain Pacific Conference Championships. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. MST, and track events will begin at 11 a.m. MST.

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