By Daniel Gaona
Photo by James Kelley
Poor weather ended the day early for the Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Central Arizona College relay meet on Feb. 20.
“We got rained out about a third of the way through the meet,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said. “But we did get some events taken care of.”
Pima doesn’t have a meet scheduled until March 13 and that is the first conference meet, hosted by the Aztecs starting at 10 a.m. Wenneborg said the team might compete in the University of Arizona meet on March 6 because the Central meet was rained out.
“These kinds of things happen but just not too often,” he added. “We are just rolling with the flow right now. I’m happy where we are at and I’m excited about our prospects.”
In Coolidge, Kat Howard placed second and qualified for nationals in 39:21 in the 10,000-meter run for the women’s team. She also moved to third place on the all-time list for Pima.
In field events, Sharissa Korn placed second in the javelin with a 117-foot-11-inch throw. She only missed the qualifying mark by about one foot. Wenneborg said Korn is shaping up to be one of the best throwers in the region.
Jessica Davis, who specializes in the hammer throw, took fifth in the javelin throw. She didn’t get to do the hammer throw because of the weather.
Chloe’ Nowell scored 3,390 points in the heptathlon and Wenneborg said that could most likely qualify her for nationals. It consists of the 100-hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin and 800-meter dash.
Kyle Bush placed second in the 3,000-steeplechase on the men’s side in 10:20. It was his first time in that event.
Frederick Scarber won the high jump with a 6-foot-3-inch leap. Daniel McIver won the high jump at the Aztec Invitational and tied for third at Central.
“Our one-two punch in the high jump is going to be great,” Wenneborg said. “McIver won at our Aztec meet and now Scarber took over at this one.”
Michael Moreno placed second in the long jump with a just-under-22-feet measurement. Matthew Robertson won the high jump at the Aztec Invite.
“We’ve kind of got a revolving door of good talent coming up,” Wenneborg said about the field events.
The men’s 4×100 relay team placed third overall in 42.53 seconds and missed the qualifying mark by about a half of a second. Derrick Coker, Matthew Robertson, Antoine Thomas and Nathan Manigault form the squad. Wenneborg is confident they will be able to qualify for nationals.