By Brian Savitch
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday Feb. 25, 2002
When the two-day Mountain Pacific Conference Championships came to a close Saturday, both the men's and women's track and field teams were able to leave with their heads high.
In a meet that featured competition from 11 other schools, the women's team came through with a win, while the men's team came in with a third-place finish.
With a team score of 137 points, the women beat out UCLA's 117 points and Washington State's 113 points.
The women were led once again by senior Brianna Glenn. Glenn was victorious in both the 60m final with a time of 7.39 and in the 200m final with a time of 23.40.
Glenn also took second place in the triple jump and improved her provisional qualifying mark to 41-6.
Distance runners freshman Beth Hoge and junior Jennifer Burris placed second and third, respectively, in the mile run with times of 5:04.65 for Hoge and 5:08.77 for Burris.
"I had a really good race," said Burris. "The track was hard and that led to some fast times. The altitude was difficult to deal with and it made the races really competitive."
In the 5,000m, the women swept the top three places with junior Tara Chaplin in first, senior Abby Peters in second and sophomore Kim Bates in third.
Although Peters placed well, she's still looking to improve. "I'm not entirely satisfied with my performance. I'm still getting into a routine, and I'm looking forward to next week's meet."
On the men's side, senior Mike Kenyon qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships by finishing first in the 400m with a time of 46.04.
Jeff Hunter finished second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.94 and Mike Anderson finished third in the 5,000m with a time of 15:23.59.
In the pole vault, Kevin Opalka was the top Wildcat, coming in second with a height of 17-5, and J.R. Harrison emerged victorious in the triple jump competition, leaping 50-7.
Also, freshman thrower Sean Shields continued to improve with a toss of 61-9 that earned him a fourth-place finish in the shot put.
"I think we did really good," said Burris. "It was definitely not expected because of the competition, but everyone was real positive and it felt good to beat some Pac-10 schools."
The Cats will travel to Ames, Iowa this week as a last chance to get people qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships.