Arizona Track and Field Dominates Individual Performances

Feb. 9, 2002

Lincoln, Neb. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams had some outstanding performances by several individuals at the Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday. Altogether, the Wildcats had eight national qualifying marks, including a new collegiate record for the indoor pole vault on the women's side.

The Arizona women scored 89.5 points to place fourth out of six competing teams. Washington State took top honors scoring 141.5 points followed by Nebraska (135), BYU (107.5), Arizona, Colorado (71), and UCLA (29.5). The Wildcat men's team placed fifth scoring 78 points. Nebraska claimed the team title with 138.17 points, outdistancing Oregon (115), BYU (105.5), Washington St. (98.33), Arizona, and Colorado (47).

The meet was highlighted by Arizona pole vaulter Amy Linnen's new collegiate record in the indoor pole vault. Her vault of 14-10 bested the old mark of 14-9 �. The mark is also better than the outdoor record, but will only count for the indoor season. Linnen attempted to tie the world record of 15-5, but failed on all three attempts.

Altogether, the Wildcat women managed to qualify three athletes in five events for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Brianna Glenn improved her automatic qualifying time in the 60m to 7.28. She also provisionally qualified in the 200m with a time of 23.83 and in the long jump with a leap of 20-7 �. Tara Chaplin provisionally qualified in the 5000m running 16:23.85. Linnen's collegiate record improved her automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault by 8 � inches.

The Wildcats had many impressive performances on the women's side. Glenn was first in both the 60m and 200m. Seynabou Ndiaye was third in the 60m running 7.61 and eighth in the 200m with a time of 25.17. In the 400m, Chelsea Powell ran a 57.48, which was good enough for ninth place. Powell was eighth in the 60m with a time of 9.75.

In the longer distances, Jennifer Burris was fifth in the mile run, finishing in 5:02.06. Cara Cline and Danielle Price finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 800m. Cline finished in 2:13.29, while Price ran a time of 2:16.54. Beth Hoge was the top Wildcat finisher in the 3000m running 9:46.36 to finish fourth. Chaplin's qualifying time in the 5000m led her to a third place finish, though she set the pace for a majority of the race and was passed in the final stretch.

On the field, Linnen dominated the pole vault competition, while Glenn blew past the field in the long jump. Both finished first in their respective events with the competition far behind. Arizona thrower Angela Foster finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 42-06 � and second in the weight throw with a mark of 57-00 �.

The Arizona men qualified three athletes in three events. Mike Kenyon provisionally qualified in the 400m with a time of 46.95. Richard Legarra and Sean Shields threw provisionally qualifying marks in the shot put. Legarra threw for a mark of 60-04, while Shields tossed for a mark of 58-09 �. Shields set the freshman record in the shot put at Arizona for the second time this season.

The Wildcat men also had several other outstanding performances at the meet. Chris Harris ran a 6.88 in the 60m to finish sixth. Kenyon finished first in the 200m running 21.28, and his 400m qualifying time was also good enough for first place. Also in the 400m, Matt Lea finished ninth in 48.76, while Jules Doumbya was 13th in 49.54. Ray Wells was seventh in the 60m hurdles finishing in 8.50. The 4x400m relay team made up of Lea, Adrain Thomas, Doumbya and Kenyon finished fourth with a time of 3:15.67.

In the distance races, Jin Daikoku was the top finisher for Arizona in the mile run finishing 11th in 4:14.98. Aaron Powell was ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:54.77. Also in the 800m, Thomas Opio was 13th in 1:56.22, and Daikoku was 14th in 1:56.54. Mark Anderson ran a time of 14:34.01 in the 5000m to finish fourth.

In the field events, Kevin Opalka finished 6th in the pole vault with a vault of 16-06 �. Also, Chris Chappell and Mike Mortensen were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault. Chappell finished with a leap of 16-00 �, while Mortensen had a mark of 15-07. In the long jump, J.R. Harrison finished sixth jumping 22-07 �. Harrison was also sixth in the triple jump going 46-11 �. Legarra and Shields finished first and second, respectively, in the shot put with their qualifying marks. Legarra was also first in the weight throw with a mark of 61-11 �.

The Wildcats will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a double-dual meet against in-state rivals Northern Arizona and Arizona State.

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