Pima posts 13 national qualifiers

By WILL WILLCOXSON

Already well into the season, Pima Community College Track and Field teams have competed in two competitions since the beginning of the year.

After two meets, the Aztecs have 13 national qualifiers, with 11 meets still left in the season.

The Aztecs hosted teams from  Central Arizona Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and Paradise Valley Community College during the Aztec Invitational on Feb. 6-7.

During the meet, the Aztecs fielded several national qualifiers in multiple events.

Sophomore David Stiles placed first in both men’s high jump and long jump. He achieved 1.83 meters in high jump during Friday’s pentathalon events and a distance of 13.29 meters on his last long jump attempt the following day.

Freshman Ahmed Mohamed set a national qualifying mark in the indoor 1000 meter race, with a time of  2:39.47.

Freshman Meghan Sweeney, improved on her national qualifying mark in the long jump competition with a distance of 1.66 meters.

Sophomore Andrew Lee set a national qualifying mark in indoor men’s pole vault with a height of 4.35 meters on his last attempt.

The Aztec track and fields teams competed at the Paradise Valley Community College meet that took place the previous weekend on Jan. 31.

Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim and Sweeney highlighted the women’s high jump competition, with each of them taking first and second respectively. Pilgrim reached a height of 1.66 meters and Sweeney followed just below at 1.61 meters.

Danielle Spargur hit a high jump of height of 1.61 meters tying Sweeney and also earning an NJCAA qualification spot.

Freshman Jamie Holliday achieved her personal best in the long jump competition with a distance of 5.64 meters on her last attempt, as well as setting a national qualifier and taking first place.

Sophomore Rhiannon Reece received first place and set a national qualifying mark in the women’s pole vault competition at 3.05 meters on her final jump of the day.

Sophomore Cruz Rodriquez placed third in the 1000-meter race. A time of 2:32.77 places him in third place in the country.

After taking a week off of competition, the Aztecs will resume Feb. 21 with the Glendale indoor invitational.

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Red shirt freshman Danielle Spargur glides through the air with ease during the women’s high jump event at Pima’s West Campus for the Feb. 6-7 Aztec Invitational. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

 

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Sophomore Shane Ward sets his stance to sprint in the Men’s 60-meter dash on Feb. 7. Ward is in his second year of playing football for Pima Community College and runs track in the off season to stay fresh. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

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