Sevigne Husker Invitational Up Next For Wildcat Track and Field
Feb. 5, 2002
Up Next: The University of Arizona men's and women's track and field teams will head to Lincoln, Neb. this Friday for the Sevigne Husker Invitational. The Wildcats will take 22 men and 15 women to the meet. Competition will get underway at 2 p.m. CST at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Competition: The meet will feature some of the nation's top track and field teams, including host Nebraska, BYU, Colorado, Washington State, and Oregon (men). On the women's side, the latest Trackwire poll has all five teams ranked. Arizona leads the way tied for No. 2 followed by No. 12 Washington State, No. 16 Colorado, No. 20 BYU, and No. 25 Nebraska. For the men, Nebraska is the only ranked team coming in at No. 11.
Fast Forward: Looking ahead in the 2002 schedule, the Wildcats will face in-state rivals Arizona State and Northern Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 14. NAU will host the meet in Flagstaff, Ariz. The three schools will also meet in a double-dual meet during the outdoor season on May 4. Arizona will host the Sun Devils and Lumberjacks at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
Murray's Musings: 'We had a really good start last week in our first meet of the year. We performed extremely well with the number of qualifying marks. Our goal is to get people qualified for the major meets at the end like the Mountain Pacific Championships and the NCAA Indoor Championships.
'We hope to continue into this week. We will see some excellent track and field schools and some outstanding teams. Nebraska will be the favorite since they get to compete at home with their whole team. I'm concerned with doing well. It's nice to win and score high, but we want to get our athletes to the championships.
'We will be specializing people this week. We are going after the NCAA qualifying mark in the 5000m with Tara Chaplin and Abby Peters. Brianna Glenn will run the 200m for the first time this year, and we want to get Mike Kenyon qualified in the 400m. Anything we can pick up will be good for us.'
Scouting the Wildcats: Arizona returns strong teams on both the men's and women's sides. As seen in many preseason predictions, the Wildcat women are favored to be one of the top teams in the country this season. The Arizona men have not received much attention, but the coaches look for the Wildcats to make their presence known once the season gets underway.
The women return one of the strongest teams in recent history. Senior Brianna Glenn, defending national champion in the 200m and long jump, is Arizona's premier sprinter. She will be a dominant force during the 2002 season. Arizona also boasts the talent of 2002 NCAA individual cross country champion in senior Tara Chaplin. The momentum of her fall championship run will likely be the motivation to give it all she has during the 2002 track and field season. The Wildcats also return several women with great potential this year. Senior Angela Foster will be the Wildcats' leading thrower this year, and sophomore vaulter Amy Linnen comes back after two fifth-place finishes at the indoor and outdoor championships.
The Arizona men return quite a talented team for the 2002 season. Senior Mike Kenyon will be a key component in the sprinting events this year. He helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m relay at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior Matt Lea and senior Jules Doumbya, also 4x400m relay team members, return for this season. Redshirt freshman Adrain Thomas will probably surprise a lot of teams out there with his sprinting abilities. He is expected to contend for a spot on the 4x400m relay team. Newcomers Sean Shields in the throws and Aaron Powell in the 800m have the potential to make a huge impact this season for the Wildcats.
2001 In Review: The Arizona track and field program had one of its finest seasons ever in 2001. The Wildcats produced 16 total All-Americans and four NCAA titles. The women's team capped the year with a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Indoor Championships produced eight All-America honors and three NCAA titles. The Wildcats doubled the number of All-Americans at the Outdoor Championships and added one more NCAA title to the mix. Arizona brought home two top-five finishes and one top-20 finish.
The women's team made history at the NCAA Championships with the highest finish (third) in Arizona history. The Wildcats scored 44 points with only four competitors at the meet, and the women brought home three individual titles.
The Arizona men had a very successful season, as well. The men's team finished 13th with 15 points at the indoor meet, but it was unable to come up with any points at the outdoor meet. The men took five athletes to the meet and only competed in two events.
Then-junior Brianna Glenn's remarkable performances earned her two NCAA titles. She won the long jump title and then went on to win the 200m and place third in the 100m. Joining the scoring party was senior Andrea Dutoit when she took to the pole vault competition. She brought home the championship after a vault of 14-9 ï¿½ feet (4.20m). Leading the way for the men was senior Patrick Nduwimana. He took home the individual title for the 800m at the indoor meet. He also led the 4x400m relay team, which placed fourth. Joining him in the relay were junior Matt Lea, senior Mike Kenyon and junior Jules Doumbya.
Quick Qualifiers: After only one meet down in the indoor season, Arizona already has four provisional or automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9. The Wildcat men had two athletes qualify provisionally at the Mountain West/Pac-10 Challenge hosted by the Air Force. Mike Kenyon ran a 21.23 in the 200m, and Richard Legarra finished the shot put with a toss of 18.43m to qualify for the championship meet. The Arizona women had two athletes post automatic qualifying marks for the indoor championships. Brianna Glenn ran a 7.29 in the 60m, while Amy Linnen vaulted 14-1 1/4 in the pole vault. With Glenn and Linnen qualifying automatically, they will compete at the indoor championships. Kenyon and Legarra have provisional qualifying marks, meaning they will compete depending on how many athletes qualify automatically in their respective events.
The Coaches: Director of track and field and cross country Dave Murray (Arizona, '65) enters his 35th year as a coach at Arizona, making him the longest tenured coach in the Wildcat athletic department. He has coached over 160 All-Americans in cross country and track and field and 28 NCAA individual champions. Associate head coach Fred Harvey (15th year, Cal Poly-SLO, '82) coaches the Arizona sprinters, hurdles and relay teams. Harvey has coached several world-class athletes, such as Patrick Nduwimana, a 2000 Olympic semifinalist and Arizona track and field veteran. Assistant coach Tom Hays (5th year, Kansas, '89) is one of the top pole vault coaches in the nation and will direct the Wildcat jumpers this season. Assistant coach John Frazier (2nd year, UCLA, '86) was an addition to last year's coaching staff. The Wildcat throwers will be led by coach Frazier. Assistant coach Dawn Mortensen (5th year, Arizona, '96) was a standout sprinter for the Wildcats in the 1990s and works with the Arizona sprinters and hurdlers.