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Women's track finishes third in NCAAs

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By Connor Doyle

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Glenn makes history with pair of titles

To say it was a good week for the UA women's track team would be an understatement.

The Wildcats finished third in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the highest finish in the history of the program, with a total of 44 points.

Arizona rounded out the top three after USC won the title with 64 points and UCLA placed second with 55, making it the first time that the Pacific 10 Conference - or any conference for that matter - swept the top three positions in the championships.

Arizona also took three individual titles, the most in the tournament.

Senior Andrea Dutoit won in the pole vault while junior Brianna Glenn took home the title in both the long jump and 200-meter sprint.

Dutoit, who began her career as a walk-on, cleared 13 feet, 9-1/4 inches to win the pole vault finals on Friday. The height was also a personal best.

"She capped a perfect career," said UA track and field head coach Dave Murray. "You couldn't ask for a more perfect student-athlete. Over the course of four or five years she's developed into a champion with hard work and determination. She's just a competitor."

Dutoit finished her career as a four-time All-American and will likely make her second-straight Academic All-America team this season. She finished second in the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier in the season.

Glenn won the long jump on her first try on Wednesday with a mark of 21 feet, 6-1/4 inches. It was the first NCAA title of her career, but it wouldn't be her last.

Glenn followed her performance by winning the 200m on Saturday with a time of 11.21 seconds.

Surprisingly, Glenn wasn't thought to be a favorite in either event.

"(The coaching staff) knew that she was capable of winning all of her events, but no one predicted it," Murray said. "She wasn't expected to finish as high as she did by any of the experts, but the experts didn't get to see her in practice. When you see her practice, you know the talent is there, and she feels that she can do anything."

Glenn said her best chance coming into the tournament was in the 100m.

"My focus was on the 100 the whole week because I felt it was my best event." Glenn said. "After I finished third (in the 100m final), I refocused on the 200m and believed I could win. Once I set my mind to believing I could do it, it made it easier."

Glenn capped a spectacular season in which she swept the long jump, 100m, and 200m titles at the Pac-10 Championships en route to making history in the NCAAs.

Glenn's victories in both the long jump and 200m marked the first time an athlete had won titles in both the long jump and a sprint in the same tournament.

"I think I first heard that (I could make history) on Saturday, when my coach told me," Glenn said. "I thought that it would be pretty neat. It was in the back of my mind, but it wasn't the most important thing."

Glenn will head into next season without the underdog label, something she had become accustomed to during her first three years at UA.

"I don't mind being the underdog because you're not the hunted," Glenn said. "But it will be nice to get the recognition I feel I deserve."

Murray agreed.

"I can assure you no one will be overlooking Brianna next year."