Wildcat Track & Field Accounts for Three Conference Awards
March 2, 2002
The University of Arizona track and field program was rewarded for its impressive indoor season and performances at the Mountain Pacific Conference Championships. Senior Brianna Glenn was named the 2002 Female Athlete of the Meet, while senior Mike Kenyon was named 2002 Male Athlete of the Meet. Head Coach Dave Murray was named the 2002 Women's Coach of the Year.
Brianna Glenn (Senior, University of Arizona - La Mirada HS, La Mirada, Calif.)
Brianna Glenn, University of Arizona's senior All-American, contributed 36 points to the Wildcats' MPSF women's team championship total of 137 points at Northern Arizona University's Walkup Skydome, eclipsing all but five of 12 women's teams competing in this year's championship. Glenn posted wins in the 60-meter (7.39) and 200-meter (23.40) dashes while collecting second-place finishes in the long jump (20'03.50, 6.18m) and triple jump (41'06.50, 12.66m). In the process, Glenn broke her own MPSF records for the 60m and 200m, smoking the 60m field with a time of 7.29 in her preliminary heat. Glenn notched NCAA indoor provisional marks in all events, except the 200m, where her meet record earned an automatic qualifying time. Glenn is the defending national champion in the NCAA women's outdoor long jump and 200m and placed third in the 100m.
Mike Kenyon (Senior, University of Arizona - Del Campo HS, Sacramento, Calif.)
U of A senior, Mike Kenyon, broke the MPSF men's indoor 400-meter mark with a time of 46.04, eclipsing the previous record of 46.51 set by Cory Murdock of Utah State in 1999, and gaining an automatic mark to the NCAA indoor championships. One of three returning All-Americans for the Wildcats, Kenyon is U of A's top performer in the 200m and 400m, and holds the second-best school mark (45.43) in the outdoor 400m. Kenyon previously competed at CSU Sacramento where he was the 1999 Big Sky Conference Outstanding Male Track Athlete after winning the championship in the 200m (20.96) and the 400m (46.22) events.
Dave Murray (University of Arizona, 35th season)
Dean of Pacific-10 Conference track and field coaches, Dave Murray's Wildcats' won the MPSF women's indoor championship for the second-consecutive year. On the strength of Brianna Glenn's 36 points, U of A's women beat defending NCAA indoor champion UCLA by 20 points as the Bruins notched 117 points for second-place. Murray, Director of Cross Country and Track and Field for ARIZONA, has built the Wildcats program into one of the best in the nation, producing 163 All-Americans, along with numerous Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA champions, Olympians and World Championship athletes. Murray will retire after the 2002 outdoor season.