CROSS COUNTRY: Teams place second at conference meet

By JAMIE MAESE

Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams have been taking the lead in their last two meets.

Both teams placed second in the ACCAC conference meet on Sept. 26 at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.

The women finished second out of six teams with 60 points.

Central Arizona College took first with a score of 23. The Aztecs beat Paradise Valley, Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.

“The heat killed us this meet, me especially, but we did really well as a team,” freshman Desire Montenegro said. “Now we just look forward to getting third in the nation. That is our goal this season.”

In individual competition, sophomore Shanice Alchesay finished in fourth place out of 44 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 11 seconds in the 5K race.

Other top finishers were:

•Freshman Mariah Zavala was 10th with a time of 20:42.

•Montenegro took 14th at 20:53.8.

•Freshman Elizabeth Deaton placed 15th with a time of 21:05.

•Freshman Raelene Yocupicio took 17th at 21:21.5.

In men’s competition, the Aztecs finished second out of five teams with a score of 51 points. Central Arizona took first with 16 points. Pima beat Paradise Valley, Glendale and Estrella Mountain.

Central secured the first four placements of the race. Freshman Ahmed Mohamed took the top spot for the Aztecs out of 45 competitors with a fifth place finish in the 8K race at 27:18.9.

Other top finishers were:

•Sophomore Anthony Spendlove took 10th at 27:55.4.

•Sophomore Peter Gonzales finished right behind in 11th place at 27:57.4.

•Freshman Amanuel Logo was 14th at 28:07.7.

•Sophomore Estevan Gomez was 17th with a time of 28:12.5.

At the Dave Murray Invitational on Sept. 19, Pima’s men’s and women’s teams both finished as the top two-year college team.

The men’s team, which is ranked No. 8 in the nation, took fifth place out of eight teams with a score of 130. The finish marked the first time in more than 10 years that the Aztecs beat Paradise Valley Community College in points.

Paradise Valley tied for sixth with Mesa Community College at 147 points. Estrella Mountain Community College was eighth with 236 points.

Mohamed was the top finisher for the Aztecs with a 16th place finish out of 70 competitors. His time was 22 minutes, 36 seconds in the 4.25-mile race.

Other top finishers were:

•Gomez took 28th place with a time of 23:05.40,

•Gonzales was 33rd at 23:22,

•Spendlove was 34th at 23:23,

•Logo was 40th at 23:32.

The women’s team, which is ranked No. 5 in the nation, finished in fifth place out of eight teams with a score of 143 points.

The Aztecs defeated conference foes Mesa Community College (164) and Estrella Mountain Community College (235).

Alchesay was the top Aztec finisher for the first time this season. She placed 27th out of 66 competitors with a time of 19:04 in the three-mile race.

Other top finishers were:

•Sophomore Sarrah Boughan took 32nd place with a time of 19:57.

•Zavala was 35th at 20:11.

•Deaton was 41st at 20:54.

•Montenegro was 41st at 20:54.

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