By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams notched top-20 finishes March 4-5 at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The men’s team finished in15th place out of 27 teams with a total of 17 points.
Sophomore Amanuel Logo had a good day, earning 12 of those 17 points.
He finished second in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 32.01 seconds, which earned him NJCAA All-American status.
Logo also broke his own PCC record when he finished fifth in the one-mile run with a time of 4:15.41.
“It’s truly nothing short of amazing,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said of Logo. “He has always been a strong runner but this has really been a breakout year. We never expected this.”
Logo claimed a 5,000-meter record in his first meet on Jan. 23 and a one-mile race record on Feb. 20.
“He can contend for a title,” Wenneborg said. “He is that fearless.”
Freshman Sam Shoultz earned fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75.
The women’s team finished 20th of 28 teams with 8.75 points.
Freshman Katherine Loyd earned points in three events. She placed seventh in the one-mile run with a personal-best time of 5 minutes, 21.32. She also finished eighth in the 3,000-meter race.
The women earned a sixth-place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:49.87. Loyd raced with sophomores Desire Montenegro and Kelsey Montano and freshman Melissa Cotsonas.
Sophomore Meghan Sweeney tied for sixth place in the high jump, finishing with a jump of 5-feet, 5.25 inches.
Freshman McKenna McGrath tied for eighth place in the high jump with a jump of 5-3.25.
The teams were in action at their final regular season indoor invitational on Feb. 27 at Central Arizona College.
Logo claimed the school record for the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:27.78.
Sophomore Ahmed Mohamed won the one-mile race with a mark of 4:21.07, which improved his national qualifying time.
Sophomore Hugo Nieves also improved his national qualifying time with a second-place time of 2:34.86 in the 1,000-meter race.
Shoultz claimed first place in the high jump and Nicolas Sibley took first in the triple jump. Both had previously set national qualifying marks.
On the women’s side, Montano finished first place in the one-mile race and improved her qualifier by almost 10 seconds with a time of 5:22.93. Loyd was right behind her in second place and improved her time at 5:26.85.
Sophomore Juliette Cossey finished the triple jump event in first place with a mark of 37-3.
“Sam, Nicolas and Juliette are all very dangerous jumpers on both the men’s and women’s sides of competition,” Wenneborg said.
The Aztecs start the track and field outdoor season March 18-19 at the Willie Williams Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona.
March 18-19: @ University of Arizona, Willie Williams Invitational, 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
March 24-26: Paradise Valley CC (Phoenix), Puma Outdoor Distance & Multi-meet, 6 p.m., 10 a.m. and 10 a.m.
April 2: @ Central Arizona College, ACCAC Conference Meet, 11 a.m.