By CASEY MUSE JR.
Sophomore Amanuel Logo led the way as the Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams competed Feb. 20 at the Puma Indoor Invitational Last Chance Qualifier in Phoenix.
Logo took second place in the one-mile race. He broke the PCC record in the process with a time of 4 minutes, 17.81 seconds.
“Records are made to be broken,” Logo said. “This is not only good for me, but it helps set a standard for the others.”
Logo also improved his national qualifying time, which was 4:23.59.
“I have a great relationship with my team and coaches,” he said. “The speed workouts and practice time will help get us ready for national championships in March.”
Sophomore Hugo Nieves set an indoor national qualifying time in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:34.94. He got third place.
On the women’s side of competition, two distance runners improved their national qualifying times.
Freshman Katy Loyd grabbed first in the 3,000-meter race. Her time was 10:48.61, which placed her at No. 7 in the country. She beat out her original qualifying time of 11:08.99.
Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton placed fifth in the 3,000-meter race. She took 11 seconds off her original qualifier with a time of 11:12.39.
PCC now has 29 national indoor qualifying marks and times for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.
The Aztecs will be back at it on Feb. 27 at the Central Arizona Indoor Invitational in Coolidge.
Feb. 27: @ Central Arizona College Indoor Last Chance Invitational, Central Arizona College, noon.
March 4-5: @ NCJAA Indoor National Championships
@ Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)