Arizona Track & Field Finishes Day One of Pac-10 Championships

May 18, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed the first day of competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, Wash. on Saturday. The Wildcat women's team currently sits tied for seventh place with 17 points with seven events scored. The men's team is third with 44 points after eight events.

In women's sprinting action, Brianna Glenn had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 100m with an 11.50. She ran a personal best 23.20 to earn the top qualifying time in the 200m. Teammate Seynabou Ndiaye also earned a qualifying spot in the 100m with a time of 11.95 to finish sixth in the preliminaries. Ndiaye failed to qualify in the 200m, finishing 13th in 24.89. In the 100m hurdles, Chelsea Powell finished fifteenth in 14.63. Powell was ninth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.34.

In some of the long distance races, teammates Danielle Price and Cara Cline finished 11th and 14th, respectively, in the 800m. Price finished in 2:14.32, while Cline clocked a 2:18.09. Kim Bates finished sixth in the 10,000m with a time of 38:05.07.

On the field for the women, Glenn finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-10 � (6.37m). Julie DeMarni placed third in the javelin with a throw of 165-10 (50.55m).

On the men's side, Chris Harris and Gary Love finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 100m. Harris clocked a 10.75, while Love came in at 10.92. Both failed to qualify for tomorrow's final. Mike Kenyon earned a qualifying spot in the 200m by finishing tied for seventh in 21.31. Also in the 200m, Harris barely missed the mark by finishing ninth in 21.50. Kenyon had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400m with a 46.67. Matt Lea also qualified for the 400m final by finishing sixth in 47.44. Adrain Thomas failed to earn a qualifying time in the 400m, finishing 15th in 49.92. In the 110m hurdles, Jeff Hunter came through with the third fastest qualifying time in 14.04. Teammate Ray Wells was ninth in 14.77, failing to qualify for the final. Hunter was second in the 400m hurdles preliminary race with a time of 51.87.

In the longer distances, Aaron Powell was 12th in the 800m with a time of 1:54.37. Steve Smith finished ninth in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:14.91. Mark Anderson finished the steeplechase in 10th with a time of 9:18.54.

In the men's field events, Kevin Opalka led the way for the Wildcats in the pole vault. He finished fifth with a leap of 17-3 � (5.27m). Mike Mortensen finished seventh at the same height. Chris Chappell vaulted 15-11 � (4.87m) to finish 14th. In the long jump, Mark Ramos finished third after a leap of 24-7 � (7.50m). J.R. Harrison was sixth with a jump of 23-6 � (7.18m). Sean Shields finished second in the shot put with a toss of 61-2 (18.64m). Richard Legarra finished eighth behind Shields with a mark of 56-2 (17.12m). Scott Sharpe was tenth with a toss of 53-0 � (16.17m). Legarra finished third in the hammer throw with a best toss of 197-8 (60.24m). Sharpe placed 10th with a mark of 170-4 (51.93m). Jared Morell and Matt Wagner finished second and third, respectively, in the javelin. Morell finished with a throw of 218-1 (66.48m), while Wagner finished at 213-1 (64.95m).

The Wildcats will finish up with the Pac-10 Championships tomorrow in Pullman, Wash. Events will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT.

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