Wildcat Women Claim Conference Title in Track and Field

Feb. 23, 2002

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed the two-day Mountain Pacific Conference Championships on Saturday. The Arizona women came through victorious, claiming the team's second consecutive conference title. The Wildcat men finished third, improving from fifth after the first day of competition.

The Arizona women's teams scored 137 points to convincingly claim the title over second place UCLA's 117 points. Washington State was third with 113 points. UCLA won the men's crown with 132 points. Washington State was second with 117 points, followed by the Wildcats in third with 89 points.

Brianna Glenn led the way for the Wildcats in the second day of competition. In the 60m final, she won with a time of 7.39. She also took the 200m title finishing in 23.40, which now automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the triple jump, Glenn improved her provisional qualifying mark to 41-6 � to claim second place.

In other sprinting action, Alexandra Komnos competed in the 60m hurdles final, finishing fifth with a time of 8.53. The 4x400m relay team claimed sixth in a time of 3:48.42. The Wildcats claimed victory in the distance medley relay with a finishing time of 12:24.19.

In the 800m final, Danielle Price finished fifth in 2:18.18 and Cara Cline was seventh in 2:19.96. Beth Hoge and Jennifer Burris placed second and third respectively in the mile run. Hoge completed the race in 5:04.65, while Burris finished with a time of 5:08.77. The Wildcats swept the top three places in the 5,000m. Tara Chaplin claimed first place in 17:43.34, followed by Abby Peters in second with a time of 17:48.77 and Kim Bates in third with a time of 18:24.97.

On the men's side, Mike Kenyon claimed seventh place in a time of 21.68 in the 200m. He did go on to win the 400m title, finishing in 46.04. That time automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Jeff Hunter finished second in the 60m hurdles final with a time of 7.94. The 4x400m relay team finished seventh in 3:18.05. The distance medley relay team was fourth with a time of 10:30.09.

In the mile run, Jin Daikoku finished fourth in 4:27.30, while teammate Steve Smith was sixth in 4:30.57. Mark Anderson led the way for the Wildcats in the 5,000m final. He finished third in 15:23.59. Also in the 5,000m, Eric Bohn was seventh in 15:59.71, Matt McInvale was eighth in 16:06.86 and Kyle Goklish was ninth in 16:10.75.

Kevin Opalka led the way for the Wildcats in the pole vault. He finished second with a final height of 17-5 �. Also in the pole vault, Chris Chappell was fourth with a mark of 17-1 �. J.R. Harrison won the triple jump competition with a leap of 50-7 �. Sean Shields finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 61-9. In the weight throw, Richard Legarra finished seventh with a mark of 61-2 �.

The Wildcats have one more meet to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Arizona will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Last Chance meet on March 1-2.

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