Track and Field Ends Season Just Short of Goal
June 1, 2002
BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships looking for a couple of individual titles and possibly a top team finish. The Wildcats fell short of that mark by not being able to out-perform some of the nation's toughest competition. The Wildcat women ended a very successful season tied for 17th place with 15 points, while the Arizona men finish 59th with two points. South Carolina won the women's title with 82 points, while Louisiana State claimed the men's crown with 64 points.
Senior sprinter Brianna Glenn a stellar career at the University of Arizona in the 100m and 200m finals. In the 100m, Glenn placed fourth in 11.50 seconds. She was third in the event last year. Defending her NCAA titles in the long jump and 200m became quite the task for Glenn. She finished third in the long jump on Thursday night. In the 200m final, she finished sixth in 23.31 seconds. Glenn scored all but one of the Wildcats' points at this year's NCAA Championships.
The Arizona men scored their first and only points of the meet in the 400m final. Senior Mike Kenyon finished seventh in 45.93 seconds. Freshman Sean Shields was the only other Wildcat competing on the final day of competition. In the shot put, Shields finished in ninth place with a throw of 62-8 ï¿½ (19.11m). For the fourth time during the 2002 track and field season, Shields broke the UA freshman record in the shot put. His previous record stood at 62-4 ï¿½ (18.90m), which was set on February 14 at the indoor double-dual meet with Arizona State and Northern Arizona.
This season also marks the end of the legendary tenure by Wildcat head coach Dave Murray. Murray has led the Arizona cross country and track & field programs to continued success for the past 35 years, creating one of the nation's top teams every year.