CROSS-COUNTRY: Teams await national competition in Texas


The Pima Community College cross-country teams head to South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, on Nov. 8 for the NJCAA national cross-country championships.

During the regional championships in Glendale on Oct. 27, the men’s team placed second and the women’s team took third place.

The men finished with a team score of 72 points, their best finish at the region championships since 2003.

Central Arizona College took first place. The Aztecs beat Paradise Valley Community College, Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.

Freshman Mark Bennett was Pima’s top finisher, taking eighth place among 40 runners with a time of 26 minutes, 44.3 seconds. He earned second team all-region honors.

Freshman Amanuel Logo was also named second team all-region after he took 10th place with a time of 26:57.

Sophomore Estevan Gomez finished 14th with a time of 27:08.4, and was awarded all-region honorable mention.

Other top finishers for the Aztecs were:

  • Freshman Cruz Rodriguez took 19th place at 27:30.7.
  • Sophomore Anthony Spendlove had a 21st place finish at 28:03.8.

The women had a team score of 67 points.

Central Arizona College took first and Paradise Valley finished in second place. The Aztecs beat Mesa, Glendale and Estrella Mountain.

Sophomore Shanice Alchesay was the top finisher for Pima, placing seventh of 38 competitors with a time of 19:47.6. She earned second-team all-region honors.

Freshman Mariah Zavala took 13th with a time of 20:36.9 and earned all-region honorable mention.

Sophomore Sarrah Boughan also earned honorable mention as she took 14th at 20:46.1.

Other top Pima finishers were:

  • Freshman Desire Montenegro finished 16th with a time of 20:54.7.
  • Freshman Elizabeth Deaton 17th place finish at 20:56.3.

On Oct. 17, Pima competed in Walnut, Calif., at the Mount SAC Community College Invitational.

The women finished in seventh place out of 14 teams with a team score of 196 points.

Alchesay was the top finisher for the Aztecs, taking 23rd place out of 140 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 35.2 seconds in the three-mile race.

Other top Pima finishers were:

  • Boughan took 45th place with a time of 20:20.1.
  • Montenegro finished 49th at 20:27.2.
  • Deaton crossed the finish line in 55th with a time of 20:33.4.
  • Freshman Col’Bi Nez was 61st with a time of 20:53.5.

The Aztec men finished seventh out of 19 teams with a score of 175.

Spendlove was the top Pima finisher in 19th place out of 183 runners with a time of 21:42.8 in the four-mile race.

Other top finishers were:

  • Bennett finished 32nd in the race with a time of 22:04.9.
  • Sophomore Peter Gonzales crossed the finish line in 37th at 22:13.5.
  • Gomez took 42nd with a time of 22:20.9.
  • Logo finished in 53rd after being clocked at 22:37.8.
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Runners from the Pima Community College men’s cross-country team admire their second-place trophy from regional competition. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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