Jan. 20, 2014
WEST POINT, NY - -
Sophomore gymnast Jesse Glenn was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week on Monday following outstanding performances over the weekend at the annual West Point Gymnastics Open.
It is the first AAA honor for the native of Porter Ranch, Calif., who helped Army to a third-place finish in Friday's team scoring.
Glenn won the individual all-around title for the second straight year (first Black Knight to win a pair of titles) Friday evening in a challenging field dominated by a Penn State team, ranked No. 5 in the preseason collegiate coaches' poll, that captured its 16th straight title.
In Friday's all-around scoring, Glenn finished among the top eight in all but one of the six events. He was first on high bar (14.8), sixth on vault (14.6), and seventh on floor exercise (14.8), still rings (8.7) and parallel bars en route to posting an all-around score of 85.85 (which was just 0.1 shy of his career high).
Glenn outpointed Penn State's Trevor Howard (83.65) to claim the title after finishing runner-up to him in a dual match hosted by the Nittany Lions on January 11th. Howard entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the country with Glenn listed No. 8.
In Saturday's individual finals, Glenn elected to compete in two of the five events he qualified and went on to shine on high bar. After turning in the top score of 14.8 in Friday's team scoring, Glenn bettered that mark with a 14.9 to tie his career high, but had to settle for runner-up honors after being edged by Penn State's Matt Felleman's 14.95.
Felleman is currently ranked No. 1 in the country on high bar after posting a 15.55 in taking first-place honors in the Army-Penn meet where Glenn finished runner-up after breaking his career mark with a 14.9.
The Black Knights are idle until Feb. 1 as they prepare for the annual All-Academy Championship being held in Houston, Texas, Feb. 1. Army finished runner-up to Air Force last year and is in the hunt for this year's title.