Glenn Wins Pac-10 100m And 200m Titles
May 20, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - There were plenty of things riding against University of Arizona junior Brianna Glenn at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships at Edwards Stadium this weekend.
However, everything came together for the Southern California native on Sunday. Glenn won the 100m and 200m at the meet.
As a team, the Arizona's women finished sixth with 77 points, 26 of them coming from Glenn. The Wildcat men finished ninth with 32 points. UCLA won the women's title with 155 points, and Stanford won its first men's title since 1927 with 142 points.
Glenn injured her right hamstring during the long jump competition yesterday and was running with a bandage wrap on her thigh today. Following the 4x100m relay earlier in the day, the Arizona coaches discussed scratching her from the 100m and 200m to save her for the NCAA Championships.
'It was the most courageous performance that I've seen in 10 years,' associate head coach and sprint coach Fred Harvey said. 'We were very seriously considering scratching her from the meet after the 4x100m. She wanted to give it a chance, though, and she came through bigtime.'
Glenn also was not running with her own racing shoes. She realized when she arrived in Berkeley that she had only one of two shoes, so she borrowed shoes a half'size too big from her teammate, Rori Kelly.
Despite the obstacles, Glenn easily won the 100m in 11.39 seconds, and then captured the 200m title in a photo'finish, running 23.26 to clip USC's Angela Williams at the tape.
'This is a great thrill for me to be able to win both events here. It has been my goal all along to be able to double,' the La Mirada, Calif., native said. 'My hamstring is sore, but I was able to block it out while was running. I got out of the blocks well and was able to accelerate fine.'
Glenn, who has not lost a 100m or 200m race this year, easily outdistanced the 100m field, running 11.39 to beat Young by almost two'hundredths of a second. She ran 11.57 to finish second, while her USC teammate Kinshasa Davis was third in 11.69.
Glenn's top two competitors in the race did not compete, however. USC's Angela Williams, who was second in the 60m at the 2001 World Indoor Championships and has the top 100m time in the nation this year, was disqualified for a false start yesterday. UCLA's Shakeda Jones is competing only in the 200m this weekend.
Williams and Jones were both in the 200m, both considered favorites for the title ahead of Glenn. The Arizona star, however, had a great start and was leading by about three meters coming off the turn.
Williams closed with 80 meters remaining, and the two ran neck'and'neck down the stretch. Glenn leaned first at the finish line and beat Williams 23.26'23.27 in the picture of the finish.
'Most of the time, I can tell in a close race like that if I won the race, but today I couldn't tell at all,' Glenn said. 'I saw us both lean at the same time, and I wasn't sure. The thing is that I have never lost a close race, so I kept that going today.'
Glenn's time in the 200m was her best non'wind'aided time. It moves her into second place in the Arizona history book all'time. Her win was also her first ever over Williams. Glenn also became the first Arizona woman to win a Pac'10 Championship at an event under 400m.
In the race immediately prior to Glenn's 100m, Wildcat senior Mike Kenyon came from way back in the race to finish second in the men's 400m. Kenyon took out his traditionally slow start and was 20 meters behind the leaders entering the final 150 meters.
On the final turn and down the homestretch, however, Kenyon turned it on and overtook three runners for second place. Kenyon ran 46.02, finishing behind Arizona State's Tony Berrian, who ran 45.85.
'Coach (Harvey) always tells me that it is a 400'meter race,' Kenyon said. 'Just because I got a slow start does not mean that I was out of it. The last 150 meters are the best part of my race. I just went fishing, reeling them in.'
Senior Andrea Dutoit had her best career performance in a Pac'10 meet. She cleared a personal best and school record height of 13'9 ï¿½ (4.20m) to finish second behind UCLA's Tracy O'Hara, who cleared 14'1 ï¿½ (4.30m). Dutoit's clearance is the second best in Pac'10 history, behind only O'Hara. Freshman Amy Linnen finished fifth in the event at 13'3 (4.04m)
The men's 4x100m relay team of freshman Chris Harris, junior Jules Doumbya, Kenyon and sophmore Matt Lea finished second in 40.36. Lea, Kenyon, senior Keith Varga and junior Doumbya finished third in the 4x400m relay team, running 3:08.18.
Erin Doherty ran a personal best by more than six seconds to finish fifth in the women's 1,500m and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the process. The senior ran 4:19.42, which ranks third in school history, to finish behind four Stanford runners. Doherty, a graduate of Flowing Wells H.S. in Tucson, had a previous PB of 4:25.94, which she ran two weeks ago at the Arizona'Arizona State'Northern Arizona dual meet in Tempe.
Senior Liz Giltner notched a career'best at the right time, clearing 5'feet, 8 ï¿½'inches (1.75m) to finish third in the women's high jump. Senior TaKisha Morgan finished eighth in the women's triple jump with a leap of 38'9 ï¿½ (11.82m).
For the second day in a row, freshman Teresa Frierson ran a PB of 54.50 in the women's 400m, today finishing fifth in the 400m. Frierson ran 54.64 yesterday, setting her previous PB. Her time is the eighth'best in school history.
Junior Angela Foster finished fifth in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 193'4 (58.94m). Foster was in eighth place entering her final throw, but she uncorked an improvement of over 14 feet on her last throw.
Junior Tara Chaplin followed her third place finish in the 10,000m yesterday with a fifth place finish in the 5,000m today. Chaplin ran 16:43.73 in the event. Junior Mike Cramer finished 17th, 14:52.62, in the men's 5,000m.
The team returns to action at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., May 30'June 2.