Arizona Track & Field Earns More Qualifiers at Sun Angel Classic
April 14, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams went into the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday at Sun Angel Stadium looking for post-season qualifying performances. The teams reached that goal by combining for 21 qualifying performances between the men and women. As the season begins to wind down, the Wildcats are out there looking for every chance they can get to qualify for the championship season.
In women's sprinting action, Brianna Glenn faced some tough competition. In the 100m, she placed second with a time of 11.43. Seynabou Ndiaye was eighth in the 100m dash, running a time of 11.92. In the 100m hurdles, Alexandra Komnos ran a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13.57 for a fifth-place finish. Chelsea Powell placed fourth in the 400m intermediate hurdles to qualify for the Pac-10 Championships in a time of 1:00.88.
Danielle Price led the Wildcats in the longer distances. She claimed a Pac-10 qualifying time in the 800m, running a time of 2:09.88. Cara Cline was 15th in a crowded 1,500m race, coming in at 4:46.04.
Glenn had another impressive performance in the long jump by winning the event with a leap of 21-5 (6.49m). Angela Foster was seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 185-10 ï¿½ (56.58m). In the javelin, Julie DeMarni placed fifth with a throw of 145-10 ï¿½ (44.47m).
Senior Mike Kenyon finally broke through in the 400m, earning a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 45.38 after placing third in the race. Teammate Matt Lea was 15th with a time of 48.19. Jeff Hunter was fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.18. Ray Wells finished in 14.62 to claim 13th place. In the 400m hurdles, Hunter finished 12th in 53.42. The 4x100m relay team finished third in a season's best time of 40.01. The 4x400m relay team also ran a season's best time, finishing fifth in 3:08.32.
In the longer distances, Aaron Powell finished seventh in the 800m with a personal record of 1:52.76. Wade Juntunen was 14th in the 1,500m in a time of 3:58.08. In the 3,000m, Mike Howard placed ninth in 8:39.17.
The Wildcats had some great performances in the field events as well. Peter Fabian finished sixth in the high jump, finishing at 6-8 ï¿½ (2.05m). Kevin Opalka and Mike Mortensen finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault. Both reached 16-6 ï¿½ (5.05m). J.R. Harrison was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 49-0 ï¿½ (15.07m). In the shot put, Sean Shields finished third with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 59-10 ï¿½ (18.26m). Rich Legarra was fifth with a throw of 57-1 (17.40m). Shields was fifth in the discus with a throw of 169-4 ï¿½ (51.62m). Legarra placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 167-1 ï¿½ (50.95m). In the javelin competition, Matt Wagner finished third with a throw of 221-1 ï¿½ (67.40m).
The Wildcats will compete at relay invitationals the next two weeks. The first will be the Mt. San Antonio College Relays on April 19-21.