By MEGYN FITZGERALD
The Pima Community College women’s cross country team retained its place in the top 10 while participating in the Dave Murray Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona, on Sept. 16.
The Aztec men finished third among junior colleges and the No. 7 women finished second.
“It was a mix of good and bad,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said. “The men found out how talented our region is and held their own.”
The men raced to sixth place overall out of nine teams.
Freshman Luis Ruiz was top performer for the PCC men with a time of 22:53 on the 4.25 mile course. He placed 27th overall and eighth among junior college participants.
“I think I just raced smarter,” Ruiz said about the difference between this meet and the last. “I’m happy with our performance, but I know we’re capable of a lot better.”
Freshmen Fabian Romero and David-Michael Scott also ran well, snagging 33rd and 38th places.
The Aztec women finished second among junior college teams, losing to No. 1 Central Arizona College.
“The women came within 10 points of the No. 1 ranked team in the country,” Wenneborg said.
Pima finished fourth overall at the meet, behind the UA, Northern Arizona University and Central Arizona.
Freshman Jamie Shrader led the way as she ran the three-mile course in 18:29. She finished first among junior college competitors, 21st overall.
Freshman Kelsey Montano and sophomore Heidi Lopez both finished just behind Shrader in the top 10 with times of 19:14 and 19:49. They finished 29th and 35th overall.