Wildcats Take Nine Events at Mountain West/Pac-10 Track and Field Challenge
Feb. 2, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Arizona men's and women's track and field teams took home nine individual titles at Saturday's Mountain West/Pac-10 Challenge at the Air Force Academy's Cadet Field House.
The Wildcat women placed second amongst the four teams at the meet, while the men placed third. Colorado St. took home the team titles on both sides scoring 143 points on the men's side and 168 points on the women's side. The Air Force men were second with 135 points, while Arizona had 128 points, and Stanford had 103 points. Arizona scored 126 points in second-place, while Stanford was third with 124, and Air Force was fourth with 81.
Brianna Glenn started her season with two individual titles. With a time of 7.29 in the 60m, she has already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. She also took the long jump title with a leap of 5.94m. Glenn placed third in the 60m and fourth in the long jump at last year's indoor championships.
Mike Kenyon began the season in a successful fashion, as well. Kenyon also qualified for the indoor championships with his individual title in the 200m, where he ran a time of 21.23. He placed second in the 60m running 6.83. He anchored the 4x440yd relay team, which placed first in a time of 3:16.42. Accompanying him in the relay were Matt Lea, Jeff Hunter, and Adrain Thomas.
In other sprinting events for the men, Chris Harris ran a 6.91 in the 60m for third place. Lea and Harris were fourth and fifth respectively in the 200m. Lea ran a 21.92, while Harris finished in 21.94. Jules Doumbya was fourth in the 400m with a time of 49.61. Jeff Hunter won the 60m hurdles in 8.07.
Freshman Aaron Powell was second in the 800m. He ran a 1:56.93 in his first race in a Wildcat uniform. Thomas Opio joined him in the 800m finishing seventh in 2:01.68. The sole competitor in the mile run for the Wildcats was Jin Daikoku, finishing seventh in 4:31.06.
The Wildcat men performed very well in the field events, as well. The three pole-vaulters placed third and tied for fourth. Kevin Opalka took third with a vault of 5.15m. Mike Mortensen and Chris Chappell finished tied at 5.05m. In the long jump, J.R. Harrison was second with a jump of 6.80m. He placed third in the triple jump going 14.22m.
Richard Legarra brought home a title in the shot put with a throw of 18.43m, provisionally qualifying him for the indoor championships. Sean Shields was third in the shot put, throwing 17.59m. Legarra was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 18.16m, while teammate Ryan Moore was seventh with a throw of 17.46m.
The women's sprinters finished very successfully behind Brianna Glenn. Seynabou Ndiaye was second in the 60m and 200m finishing in 7.56 and 25.05, respectively. Chelsea Powell finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 57.75. In the 60m hurdles, Alexandra Komnos was third with a time of 8.70.
Tara Chaplin led the Wildcats in the longer distances. Her time of 10:04.77 brought her a first-place finish in the 3,000m. Also in the 3000m, Abby Peters finished fifth in 10:38.6, and Kim Bates was eighth in 10:59.9. Beth Hoge's 5:11.77 in the mile run was good enough for second. Jennifer Burris was fourth in the mile running 5:14.52. The distance medley team, made up of Hoge, Burris, Cara Cline, and Danielle Price, took first in a time of 12:39.63.
The field events brought a record-setting performance for one Wildcat. Amy Linnen broke the Cadet Field House's record in the pole vault, formerly held by ex-Wildcat Andrea Dutoit, with a leap of 4.3m. Also in the pole vault, Sarah Jacobs was fifth with a vault of 3.65m. Linnen finished second in the high jump at 1.60m.
In the throwing events, Angela Foster was sixth in the shot put (12.46m) and second in the weight throw (17.25m). Amanda Underwood finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 11.56.
The next competition for the Wildcats will be at the Meet of Champions next Friday (Feb. 8) in Lincoln, Neb.