Pima looks to hurdle over the competition

By MYLO ERICKSON

Pima Community College’s track and field team is looking to improve on its 2011 season, in which its women’s team finished third at regionals and finished 18th at nationals.

The men’s team finished last season by placing fourth at regionals and 21st at nationals.

“We’re in full swing,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said.

The season will kick off this year on Jan. 21, when the team will compete in the Puma Indoor Invitational in Phoenix.

The team is hoping for big things this year.

Pima will be having about 15 to 18 players returning to the team this year.

Christopher Howard being at the top as he finished sixth at the indoor national championships, in the shot put last year.

Wenneborg talked about the team having some depth in the upcoming campaign, although they still do have some holes to fill.

Pima’s weak points are, as always, the pole vault for both men and women, and women’s throws.

Wenneborg feels that Pima’s long sprinters will be some of the top competitors for him this season.

The coach has set a goal of finishing in the top 10 at nationals this year, which Pima has accomplished three times in the last five years.

“We hope to have a strong season,” Wenneborg said.

He is also hoping to maybe finish second at regionals this year, although the field will be extremely competitive, as it usually is.

Pima will have its first three invitationals on the road this season, all of them being in Phoenix.

ON DECK

Jan. 27: @ Puma Indoor Invitational multi-events, Phoenix 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 28: @ Puma Indoor Invitational, Phoenix 11:00 a.m.

Feb. 4: Aztec Invitational @ Pima, 11 a.m.

Feb. 11: @ Glendale Community College Indoor Invitational, Glendale, Ariz. 12:00 p.m.

Last season track star Mario Portillo set the tone for this season's team. Photo By ED ADAMS

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