Kenyon Wins 400m Heat, Advances to Semis
June 22, 2002
PALO ALTO, Calif. - In the first competition of her post-collegiate career,former University of Arizona athlete Brianna Glenn won the national longjump title at the first day of the 2002 USA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Glenn jumped 21-feet, 2 ï¿½-inches (6.46m) on her fifth and penultimate leapof the competition. It was good enough to move her a quarter-inch ofthen-leader Grace Upshaw, who finished second at 21-1 ï¿½ (6.43m).
'I wasn't feeling it in the preliminaries (her first three jumps), so Iwanted to get something going,' said Glenn, who advanced to the finals inthird place with a jump of 20-7 ï¿½ (6.28m) on her second jump.
'Jumping 21-2 is not great, but sometimes it does it for you. Thankgoodness it was enough. This is a great start to my post-collegiate careerafter not doing as well as I would have liked at the NCAA meet (where shewas fourth after winning the event in 2001).'
Glenn then had to wait through the final round of jumps, during which shefouled on her attempt, before being the official winner. Her U.S. title isthe second in as many years for former Arizona athletes. Abdi Abdirahmanwon the 10,000m title last year.
Her mark was the shortest lowest since 1988 when Shelia Echols had the samemark, but it was good enough for the national title and a spot on the U.S.team for the World Cup, September 21-22, 2002, in Madrid, Spain. Glenn alsoearned $4,000 for her win.
'I am obviously very happy for Brianna to be the U.S. champion. Shedefinitely deserves this,' Arizona's new director of track and field/crosscountry Fred Harvey said. 'After not doing great in the prelims and thenrunning in the heats of the 100m, that fifth jump was huge for her.
'On her earlier jumps, she wasn't really finishing them, she was just kindof happy to be on the board (with a fair jump). She made some goodadjustments, though, on the fifth jump and made it happen.'
Mike Kenyon, who completed his collegiate eligibility earlier this year,won his heat of the men's 400 meters in 45.98 seconds. His time was thefourth-best overall from the three heats advanced him to Saturday'ssemifinal in the event.
Kenyon, a first-time competitor at the National Championships, startedslowly out of lane four, but took control of the race with 200 metersremaining. His heat included, among others, Angelo Taylor, the 2000 SydneyOlympics 400m-hurdle Gold Medallist.
'I wanted to get out of the blocks and start to feel the pace of the race,'Kenyon said. 'Once I got into the rhythm of the race, I knew that I had achance to win it. The backstretch was kind of slow, so I started to takecontrol of it.
'I wasn't expecting to win (going into the race), but now I feel that Ihave a good chance to make it through to the finals and get into the top six(to make the relay team).'
Harvey added, 'Mike came up big time. For him to win his heat like he did,in his first time at the U.S. Championships, was a huge confidence builder.He ran very well and took control when he had to. Now, his confidence issky-high.'
In between her attempts in the long jump, Glenn finished third in her heatof the 100m semifinals, advancing to the final Saturday. While she wassecond in her first-round heat, Glenn ran 11.48 in the semifinal, easing atthe tape behind two Nike runners, Chryste Gaines and Torri Edwards. She ran10.96 and 11.19, respectively. Marion Jones ran 10.98 in the second heat.
Earlier in the day, Arizona freshman Sean Shields finished second in thediscus at the U.S. Junior National Championships, also being held atStanford. He secured a spot on the U.S. Junior team that will compete atthe World Championships in Jamaica later this summer, and he will compete inthe shot put tomorrow.