Arizona Women's Track and Field Finishes Third at NCAAs
June 12, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - In a span of 72 hours, University of Arizonajunior Brianna Glenn went from being the underdog to the top dog.
Glenn won the 200m title Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track andField Championships at Hayward Field, completing a meet where she won thelong jump on Wednesday and then finished third in the 100m and claimedvictory in the 200m today.
Despite the fantastic meet, Glenn was not one for hyperbole inthe interview tent after her 200m victory.
'I'm pretty pleased with (my performance),' said Glenn, whoscored total of 26 points for the Wildcats at the meet. 'I came in herewith high expectations, and this pretty much fulfilled what I wanted to do.'
Glenn scored a total of 26 points for the Wildcats, leading themto a third place overall finish with 44 points.
'This was a great team effort. What we did as a team is trulyremarkable,' Arizona director of track and field Dave Murray said. 'Briannawas unbelievable as an individual. We had a great meet and are very proudof what we were able to do.'
The Wildcats notched highest team finish in their track andfield history, men or women. The Arizona women tied for third place at thisyear's NCAA Indoor Championships.
Yesterday, Wildcat senior Andrea Dutoit won the pole vault,giving Arizona three NCAA champions, the most by any team - men or women -at the meet and the most in school history in a single year. Arizona nowhas 15 individual winners in women's history, the sixth most in NCAAhistory.
Southern California and UCLA made it a Pacific-10 Conference 1-2-3 sweep ofthe competition. The Trojans won with 64 points, while the Bruins had 55 insecond. It is the first time a conference has ever gone 1-2-3 in a women'sNCAA Track and Field Championships. Stanford was eighth, Arizona Stateplaced 14th and Washington State finished 18th, making it six Pac-10 teamsin the top-20.
Tennessee won the men's title with 50 points, and Texas Christian was secondwith 49. The Wildcat men finished without a point at the meet.
Less than 40 minutes after she finished third in the 100m, Glennshot out of the blocks in the 200m with a fantastic start. She led the racecoming off the turn, but Louisiana State freshman Muna Lee caught her andpresented a significant challenge.
Glenn did not back down, however, taking the lead withapproximately 60 meters to go, dipping at the tape in a wind-aided time of22.92 seconds. Lee finished second in 23.05.
'I knew that I had to get out and run my race, the type of racewhere I got out well and got into the lead,' Glenn said. 'I had a very goodstart, and I knew that I was in the race when I came off the turn. Comingdown the stretch, I just pushed and was able to get ahead of her (Lee) forthe win.'
Her event coach, Arizona associate head coach Fred Harvey, saidshe ran the perfect race.
'Brianna knew what she had to do going into the race - get outand challenge for the lead immediately,' Harvey said. 'She was able to dothat, and then she just took off down the stretch. She showed today thatshe is one of the best, not only in college, but in the country.'
The victory completed one of the best four-day stretches inhistory for an Arizona women's athlete. Glenn became the fourth Arizonawomen's track and field athlete to win two events at the NCAAChampionships - Meg Ritchie (shot put and discus, 1980 and 1982), CarlaGarrett (shot put and discus, 1989) and Amy Skieresz (5,000m and 10,000m in1997 and 1998) were the others.
Glenn, who prepped at La Mirada High School in Orange County,Calif., also became the only women's competitor at the meet to win twoevents. She also set a new standard for double winners at NCAAChampionships, becoming the first woman to win a sprint event and the longjump in the same competition.
'I usually think of myself as a sprinter who long jumps,' saidGlenn, whose time in the 200m was her best ever under any conditions. 'Ithink now I am going to be looked at as more of an all-around athlete who isdangerous in both of the events. Winning the long jump and the 100m and200m (both at the Pac-10 Championships) gave me a lot of confidence cominginto this meet.'
Glenn, whose 26 points as an individual would have tied her for10th as a team, enetered the competition ranked 21st out of 24 competitorsin the 200m, but won her heat Wednesday and the final today.
Approximately 40 minutes before she won the 200m, Glenn finishedthird in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 11.21 seconds. She improvedover her fourth place finish last year in the event. Glenn's time tied thesecond-best time of her career under any conditions.
USC junior Angela Williams became the first three-time championin the event, running 11.05 to best UCLA senior Shakedia Jones, who ran11.10.
Competing in her first NCAA Championships, junior Angela Fosterfinished fifth in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 204-1 (62.21m).Foster, who transferred from Moorpark (Calif.) College and set the schoolrecord this year, made the finals with a throw of 197-5 (60.17m) on herthird attempt.
She then threw 203-1 (61.90m), on her fifth attempt and closedwith her best throw on her sixth and final attempt. Southern Methodist'sFlorence Ezeh won the event, breaking the meet and Hayward Field recordthree times during the day, with a throw of 219-4 (66.85m).
Wildcat senior and Tucson native Erin Doherty was running wellin the first lap of the 1,500m, but was bumped and fell on the second lap.She recovered to finish 12th in 4 minutes, 39.57 seconds. Appalachia State's Mary Jayne Harrelson, the 1999 event winner, coasted to the win in4:14.30.
Arizona junior Tara Chaplin finished 23rd in the 5,000m in atime of 16:45.81 to round out the competition for the Wildcats.