March 2, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., -- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) executive director, Al Beaird, has announced the 2001 Male and Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Meet and Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. Selections were voted by coaches of member institutions competing at the MPSF Championships meet hosted by the University of Arizona at Northern Arizona University campus, Flagstaff, February 23 and 24.
2001 MPSF Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year BRIANNA GLENN Junior, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Winner and meet record holder in 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, 2nd-place in long jump
ARIZONA junior All-American, Brianna Glenn (La Mirada, Calif., La Mirada H.S.), repeats as MPSF Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. One of the top women collegiate sprinters and jumpers in the country, Glenn won the MPSF indoor title in the inaugural 60-meter dash, establishing a meet record with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.38 seconds. Also established a new conference record in the 200m with a provisional mark of 23.76 Placed second in the long jump with a provisional mark of 20-7 1/4 (6.28m) Glenn took home the MPSF 2000 Athlete of the Year award winning the 55m dash (6.84 - school record), took second in the 200-meter (24.28) and third in both the long (6.04m - 19'9.75") and triple (12.39m - 40'7.75") jumps. Last year Glenn earned three All-America honors in the indoor 60m and long jump and the outdoor 100m. She also established school records in the indoor 60m, 200m and long jump and the outdoor 100m, long jump and 4x100m relay team. Finished 11th in the long jump finals and 12th in the 100m semis at the U. S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento. Her long jump of 21-10 (6.65m) was the eighth best in the country and the best women's collegiate jump of 2000 and No. 5 in Pac-10 history. Also an outstanding student, in 2000 Glenn earned All-Pac-10 Academic first-team and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second-team honors. Others nominated: Tracy O'Hara, UCLA - NCAA and MPSF record holder in women's pole vault.
2001 MPSF Male Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year JA'WARREN HOOKER Senior, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Winner and meet record holder in 60-meter and 200-meter dashes
WASHINGTON senior All-American sprinter, Ja'Warren Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash., Ellensburg H.S.), nailed down two automatic qualifying times with wins in the MPSF's first-ever 60m dash (6.58) and the 200m (20.75) at Northern Arizona University's J. Walkup Skydome. Hooker set an MPSF record in the 60-meter with a 6.51 in the Friday preliminary and came back to set the MPSF record in the 200m, while taking both dash titles on Saturday. Last year's Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year and 100-meter (10.19) and 200-meter (20.39) champion, Hooker placed sixth in the 200m (20.67) at the NCAA Outdoor Championship to earn All-American recognition. Holds the Washington school records in the 100 (10.18 wind-aided), 200 (20.23) and 400 (44.91). Qualified to the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 60m and 200m where he took sixth-place in both. Named U.S. Track Coaches Association West Region Athlete of the Year in 2000. Won his 400m semifinal heat (44.78) at U. S. Olympic Trials and traveled to Sydney with the U. S. Olympic Team as part of the 4x400m relay pool, but did not have the opportunity to compete on the gold-medal-winning squad. Lettered twice as wide receiver for the Huskies football team. Others nominated: Patrick Nduwimana, ARIZ, Benson Jones, WSU.
2001 MPSF Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year RICK SLOAN WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON STATE Head Coach Rick Sloan (UCLA, 1969) returns to familiar territory as 2001 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, having won the award in 1999, when he was honored as MPSF Coach of the Year for both men and women. Sloan won MPSF Women's Coach of the Year three consecutive years from 1998-2000. Was selected District 8 Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and was also named West Regional Women's Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association in 2000Š Currently in his sixth year as head coach of the combined men's and women's program, seventh year as the men's head coach, and 28th season coaching the Cougar track program. Coach Sloan has overseen the development of 123 All-Americans, including 2000 Olympian Bernard Lagat, the bronze medal winner in the 1500m at Sydney. Sloan is the personal coach for former world record holder and Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O'Brien and has served as the head coach for the U. S. A. Decathlon Team. At UCLA he captained the track and field team as a senior, became the first Bruin to clear 7-0 in the high jump and was also an All-American pole vaulter. Competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City where he finished seventh in the decathlon. A much sought after clinician known for his technical expertise, Sloan is the author of Track and Field Techniques and Training. Rick and his wife Sandy have two grown children, Kim and Scott.
2001 MPSF Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year DAVE MURRAY UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
ARIZONA Director of track and field and cross country, Dave Murray (Arizona, 1965), was selected unanimously by his peers as 2001 MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year as the Wildcats decisively took the MPSF women's title in Flagstaff. In addition to coaching this year's MPSF Female Athlete of the Year, All-American Brianna Glenn, in 2000 Murray guided his teams to two national titles and seven All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Durham, NC, after earning five All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. UA team honors in 2000 included two top-20 team finishes and one top-10 team finish. Murray, is in his 34th year as a coach at Arizona, making him the longest tenured coach in the Wildcat athletic department, where he has coached 146 All-Americans in cross country and track and field and developed 23 NCAA individual champions. Has been honored as Pac-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year seven times and District VIII West Region Cross Country Coach of the Year six times and NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1984. Currently serves as the Western Regional representative and distance coordinator to the NCAA Division I Track Coaches Executive Committee and on the Pac-10 Conference Track and Field Rules Committee. After earning All-American honors at San Bernardino Community College Murray set the Arizona school record in the 440-yard dash in 47.2 seconds in 1964. Dave and his wife Nancy have two grown children, James and Terri.