By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed fourth at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff on Sept. 3.
The women’s team finished fourth out of six teams while accumulating 92 points in the Open Division final standings.
Sophomore Taryn Estavillo earned the best finish for the Aztec women in the 2.6 mile race, earning 30th place out of 95 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 21.20 seconds.
Sophomore Samantha Felzien finished 34th with a time of 17:29.9. Freshman Alondra Carrasco finished 70th with a time of 19:39.2.
The men’s team earned a fourth-place finish out of seven teams, accumulating 107 points in the Open Division final standings.
Sophomore Armando Antonio Jr. had the best finish for the Aztec men, completing the 4.5-mile race in 46th place out of 100 runners. His time was 26 minutes 11.40 seconds.
Freshman Gerrit Ralston finished 50th with a time of 26:28.2. Freshman Alonso Sodari finished 56th with a time of 26:44.2.
The Aztecs compete next at the Dave Murray Invitational at Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson on Sept. 16.
Head coach Greg Wenneborg has returned for the 2016 season and will work to build on last year’s accomplishments, which saw both teams advance to the NJCAA National Championships.
The women’s team finished in sixth place and the men finished in ninth, which represented Pima’s best finish in 10 years.
Felzien posted a solid freshman season with the women’s team, finishing 65th in the 5K race at the national championships.
For the men’s side, Antonio finished 142nd in the national 8K race as a freshman. His time was fifth best among the Aztec men, behind four sophomores.
Sept. 16: Dave Murray Invitational, Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson. Women’s race 5 p.m., men’s race at 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 23: at ACCAC Conference Championships, Arizona Central College (Casa Grande). Women’s race 8 a.m., men’s race 8:45 a.m.
Oct. 8: at Mesa CC Thunderbird Classic, Mesa Community College. Women’s race 7 a.m., men’s race 7:45 a.m.