Track and Field: Aztecs qualify for nationals

By MEGYN FITZGERALD

The Pima Community College track and field teams broke two school records and qualified two relays for nationals on Feb. 4 while participating in the Aztec Track and Field Invitational.

The meet was one of only two meets that will be held at Pima’s West Campus.

The freshmen team of Aren Maxwell, Lindon Claridge, Adam Clawson and Lucas Ruiz finished with a time of 10:23:79 to win the distance competition.

The women also won the distance competition with the freshman team of Heidi Lopez, Shelby Slocum, Aly Haskell and Kelsey Montano. Also, for the second time this season, sophomore Alice Odu won the triple jump and long jump competitions.

Both Aztec teams started their season off in Phoenix on Jan. 28 at the Paradise Valley Indoor Track and Field Invitational.

“This season is going to be awesome. All of my runners have great speed,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said.

Freshman Austin Stone won the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:34.08. Clawson was fourth in 2:35.77 and Maxwell placed fifth in 2:36.82. All three men’s times qualified for nationals.

“We were just trying to stay as positive as possible,” Clawson said. “I’d like to compete at nationals.”

Haskell decisively won the 600-meter run in a time of 1:35.94, beating the time required to qualify for nationals by five seconds.

“I think it’s really awesome that we qualified at our first meet,” Haskell said. “I just hope to keep improving.”

Other standout competitors included Odu who won the triple jump and the long jump, freshman Kami Humphrey who tied for first in the high jump and Ruiz, who won the 3000-meter run.

Dani Hawley competes in the hurdle races on Feb. 4. Hawley also participate in long jump and high jump competitions. Photo by Leftrick Herd

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