By MICKEY RAY LAMB
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track teams have garnered an impressive reputation for themselves.
“We aren’t just out here coaching athletes, we are in the business of building champions,” Associate Head Coach Chad Harrison said.
The Aztecs set an impressive 15 qualifying marks to begin the 2016 season at the Puma Indoor Invitational on Jan. 23. The meet was hosted by Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.
Sophomore Mckenna McGrath took first place in the women’s high jump with a mark of 5 -feet, 7.25 inches, as well as placing second in long jump event with a mark of 17-11.
Sophomore Meghan Sweeney completed the high jump 5-5.25 earning herself a second place finish and a qualifying mark for her team.
Freshman Hannah Bartz had a long jump of 18-9.25 that put her on the podium in first Bartz also had success in the 4×400 relay team with fellow freshman Amber McCroskey, Melissa Cotsonas and sophomore Marisa Lemus finished with a qualified time of 4 minutes, 06.69 seconds earning them a third place finish.
In the women’s 3,000 meter race, freshman Kelsey Montano took third with a time of 11:04.59 with while fellow freshman Katy Loyd finishing the event with a time of 11:08.99. Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton closed out the event for Pima earning herself a ninth place finish.
Sophomore Juliette Cossey placed second with a 36-0 mark in that event and freshman Grecia Catillo-Villegas took third at 34-7.75.
In men’s competition, 2015-2016 Cross Country First Team All-American, sophomore Amanuel Logo took first place in the 1000 meter, qualifying with an indoor time of 2:33.20.
In the men’s 3,000-meter race, freshman Ahmed Mohamed, finished with a qualifying time of 8:50.67 for the first podium position. Cross Country All-American Mark Bennett took third with a qualifying time of 8:55.39.
“I worked really hard and showed I can compete at this level in college,” Bennett said.
Freshman Sam Shoultz finished first in high jump with a mark of 6-10.75.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson placed second in the long jump with a qualifying mark of 23-3.25.