By WILL WILLCOXSON
The Pima Community College men and women’s track and field teams took home three Region I Championship titles on May 5 at Mesa Community College. The men’s team scored 65 points on the day and the women’s team finished with 66.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim earned her Region I Championship title with a jump of 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches in the high jump event. The win improved on her score from last year’s regionals where she placed second.
Freshman Jamie Holliday jumped into first place with a jump of 18 feet, 8 inches as she hit the qualifying mark for national in the long jump event. She came in sixth place in the high jump event.
Sophomore David Stiles grabbed a Region I Championship title in javelin throw with a toss of 160 feet. He also placed fifth in long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
The 4×800 women’s relay team took second place with a time of 9 minutes, 46.67 seconds. The performance earned sophomore Sarrah Boughan, freshman Shalise Fernander, freshman Desire Montenegro and sophomore Raelene Yocupicio a spot at the national competition.
The men’s 4×800 also came in second place with a time of 7 minutes 53.16 seconds. Freshman Amanuel Logo, freshman Ahmed Mohamed, freshman Hugo Nieves and sophomore Cruz Rodriguez also qualified for nationals with the performance.
The Pima Community College track team returned home from San Diego with three more national qualifiers set at the Triton Invitational, April 24-25.
Sophomore Andrew Lee set a national qualifying mark in the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet and 8 inches.
Freshman Mark Bennett set a national qualifying record with a 15th place finish in the 5000 meter race. Bennett finished with 15 minutes and 20.49 seconds.
In the 5,000-meter race both Logo and sophomore Peter Gonzales improved on their national qualifiers.
Logo placed 13th and teammate Gonzales took 19th for the day.
In the women’s completion, freshman Meghan Sweeney set a national qualifier in the women high jump with a jump of 5-4.
The Aztecs will compete on May 14-16 at the NJCAA outdoor championships in Hutchinson, Kan.