By DIEGO LOZANO III
After turning in some national-caliber performances at the first Paradise Valley Indoor Invitational previously in the season, the Pima Community College track and field teams were looking to continue their early-season momentum.PCC hosted the Aztec Indoor Invitational on Feb. 2, and had national-qualifying performances by both squads.
On the women’s side, sophomore Aly Haskell put on an impressive performance while posting a national-qualifying time in the 600-meter run, winning in 1 minute, 37.17 seconds.
Pima dominated the field events, as freshmen Marlee Sherwood took first place in the triple jump and Sabrina Montario took second in the shot put.
Sophomore Shelby Slocum ran out to first place in the 1,000-meter while eclipsing the national-qualifying time with a finish of 3:08.6.
For the men, freshman Khalil Hakim exploded in the long jump, winning with a leap of 6.89 meters (22-7 1/4). He also placed second place in the triple jump with a jump of 13.51 meters (44-3 3/4).
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of sophomores Ruben Canastillo, Lance Ross, Chris Leung and Labriel Leach placed second, posting a national-qualifying time of 3:21.14.
Freshman jumper Eddie Wilcox set a national indoor-leading mark in the high jump with his winning leap of 2.15 meters (7 3/4).
Sophomore Austin Stone broke the tape in the 1,000 meter in 2:33.9.
The second Paradise Valley Indoor Invitational for Pima, scheduled for Jan. 25-26, had to be cut short on the second day of competition because of rain.
However, that didn’t stop sophomore Kami Humphrey from bringing home the first-place hardware in the women’s pentathlon. She posted an accumulated score of 2,969.
Humphrey’s best finishes included wins in the long jump and the high jump. She leapt 5.02 meters (16-5 3/4) in the long jump, while soaring 1.61 meters (5-3 1/4) in the high jump.
Sophomore standout Jerell Betton was looking to achieve similar results in the men’s heptathlon, as he sat in fourth place prior to the invitational being postponed.
When competition resumed after the two-day delay, Betton moved up a slot to finish third overall, obtaining a score of 4,270.
Betton’s top scores featured second-place finishes in the shot put, with a throw of 11.56 meters (37-11 1/4), and also in the high jump, with a leap of 1.87 meters (6-1 3/4).
He also took fourth in the 1,000-meter and finished the 60-meter in 9.2.
Pima will travel up north for the Glendale Indoor Invitational on Feb. 9 to face top-tier competition.
Feb. 9: @ Glendale Indoor Invitational, Glendale, noon
Feb. 16: @ Arizona Relays, Coolidge, 10 a.m.