By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College track and field teams set seven new national qualifiers and improved in six others in the Mesa Classic on April 8.
In women’s competition, freshman Hannah Bartz earned her third national qualifying mark with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 36-feet, 2 inches (11.02 meters).
“Hannah is number one in the conference,” associate head coach Chad Harrison said. “She is extremely talented.”
Sophomore Baylee Lakey set a new national qualifier in the hammer throw with a ninth place attempt of 147-4 (44.90 meters).
Sophomore McKenna McGrath placed first in the high jump and set a new national qualifier in the process. Freshman Melissa Cotsanas finished 15th in the 400-meter race, earning a national qualifying time of 1:06.87.
The 4×100 relay team of Bartz, McGrath, sophomore Jamie Holliday and freshman Amber McCroskey placed second with a time of 47.50 and improved their qualifying time for the second straight week.
Holliday improved her qualifying mark in the triple jump with a jump of 37-50 (11.29 meters).
In men’s competition, sophomore Amanuel Logo earned a national qualifying time with an eighth place finish in 15:15.88 in the 5,000-meter race.
Estevan Gomez earned a national qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing fifth with a time of 10:09.28. Freshman Devonte Rodriguez improved his javelin mark with a throw of 157-8 (48.05 meters).
April 22-23: @ Triton Invitational, University of California (San Diego),
April 25-26: @ Region I Multi-Events,
Mesa CC, Time TBA