by MICKEY LAMB
In college sports, the character of a team is showcased not by how a team manages its successes but through its resolve as it struggles with disappointment.
The 2014 season saw the women’s cross country team falling below the top ten positions for the first time in almost a decade. Head coach Greg Wenneborg predicted that not only would the women’s team be in the top ten this season but for his 11th season as coach for the Aztecs, both the men’s and women’s teams would have runners placing in the top ten positions every race and would close out the season in the top ten.
PCC entered the NJCAA National Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 14. The women’s team ranked 6th and the men’s team ranked 11th.
In the women’s 5k, the Aztecs placed 6th out of 42 teams with a score of 271 points.
Sophomore Kelsey Montano finished first for Pima, coming in 17th place with a time of 19.09.08.
Freshman Katy Loyd placed in 45th coming in at 19:55.3.
Sophomore Mariah Zavalah placed 47th finishing in 19:57.7. Freshman Samantha Felzien took 65th closing with a time 20:03.9, and sophomore Desire Montenegro placed 124th 21:03.9.
In the men’s 8k, Pima finished 9th out of 39 teams competing with 321 points overall.
Amanuel Logo received All-American honors for his 25:37.80 performance finishing the race in 11th place.
“It was my goal to get it before I transfer from Pima, but it was amazing and I’ve never seen my coach so proud of me,” Logo said.“It is a nice feeling standing on the podium.”
Sophomore Mark Bennett placed 35th with a final time of 26:27.4, while Ahmed Mohammed came in 63rd closing in at 27:12.7.
Freshman Anas Ali came in 92nd, clocking in at 27:28.4, with fellow freshman Armando Antonio closing the race for the Aztecs placing 142nd with a time of 28:42.0.
Pima ended the season boasting six All-Region athletes. Representing the men’s team, Bennett and Mohammed made the 3rd team All-Region. While Logo received 2nd team All-Regions and All-American honors at the NJCAA National Championship.
For the women’s team Felzien made 3rd team All-Region, Lloyd 2nd team All-Region and Montano received 1st team All-Region honors. Now that the season has come to an end, Montano shared her perspective throughout her last year as an Aztec. “I came back in this season with a goal and finished each race like it was my last.” Montano said.