Wildcat Women's Track And Field 7th At Pac-10s, Men 9th

May 19, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif.- The University of Arizona women's track and field team finished the first day of competition in seventh place with 16 points at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships from Edwards Stadium. The Wildcat men are ninth with nine points.

UCLA leads the men's competition with 53 points, while Stanford leads the women's chase with 46 points.

Junior Christian Banken had the second best throw of his career and had the best finish of the night for an Arizona individual. Banken uncorked a throw of 226-feet, 9-inches (69.12m) to finish second in the javelin.

Junior Brianna Glenn placed third in the long jump competition with a leap of 19-feet, 10 �-inches (6.06m). She had two leaps that were considerably further and would have challenged the winning jump of 21-4 � (6.52m), which Washington State's Agneta Rosenblad had on her final jump.

Tara Chaplin, another Wildcat junior, also finished third in her event today. She ran 34:38.08 in her first 10,000m of the season to finish third.

Junior Brian Cherry scored the Wildcats first point of the competition. He finished eighth in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 189-feet, 3 inches (57.68m). Four of Cherry's last five throws improved upon his personal best, which was 185-11 (56.66m) entering the meet.

Junior Jules Doumbya battled back from a slow start in the men's 400m intermediate hurdles and finished second in his heat, running a PB of 51.07. Doumbya's time is also the No. 4 time in Arizona history.

Senior Mike Kenyon ran the second-best time of the day in the men's 400m qualifying. He ran 46.79 and coasted to a finished second behind USC's Andre Ammons in the heat. Sophomore Matthew Lea ran 47.76 to claim the eighth and last spot in the final.

In the inaugural women's 3,000m steeplechase, senior Katrin Engelen finished sixth (10:28.80) and sophomore Nicole Gurnicz was eighth (10:52.77).

Glenn also had the fastest qualifying time in the 100m heats. She ran an easy 11.40 to win her heat. Her top competition, USC's Angela Williams, who had the No. 1 collegiate time this year, was charged with a false start in the event and did not advance to the finals. Glenn finished second in her head and had the No. 3 time overall in the 200m, running 23.81.

Freshman Teresa Frierson ran a PB in the women's 400m, finishing fourth in her heat and advancing to the final in a time of 54.64. Her time is also the No. 8 time in school history.

Sophomore Alexandra Komnos finished second in her heat of the women's 100m high hurdles in 13.73 and advanced to tomorrow's final.

The men's 4x100m relay team of freshman Chris Harris, junior Jules Doumbya, senior Mike Kenyon and sophomore Matt Lea finished second in their heat and qualified fourth overall with a time of 40.47.

Harris ran a season-best time of 10.71 in his heat of the 100m, but he did not advance to the finals. Juniors Danielle Price and Cara Cline finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their heats of the 800m, running 2:11.53 and 2:11.91, but did not advance.

Freshman Chris Chappell finished in a tie for 10th in the pole vault. He cleared 15-11 � (4.86m), but fellow freshman Kevin Opalka did not clear a height. In the men's 3,000m steeplechase, junior Steve Smith ran 9:08.95 to finish ninth and freshman Mark Anderson ran 9:10.05 to finish 10th.

The meet continues Sunday morning at 9:30.

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