By: Michelle Trujillo
The Pima Community college men’s and women’s track and field team ended the Indoor season with several athletes earning a spot to compete at the end of the season NJCAA Indoor national Championships.
There are several athletes that are ranked top 5 in their events from the previous Indoor season. Ana Lopez is ranked #2 in the high jump. Megan Schiffmacher is ranked #4 in the high-jump. Tony chaves is ranked #4 in the pole vault.
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams began the outdoor track and field season at the Willie Williams Invitational at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium at the University of Arizona.
The 4×100 relay of freshmen Isaiah Martin, Robert Williams, Dariun Glover and Duan Grant earned a national qualifying time. The relay team placed sixth overall with a time of 41.85 seconds.
Sophomore Collin Dylla, the NJCAA Indoor National Champion, set a personal record and a national qualifying time in the 800-meter race. Dylla finished in third place with a time of 1 minute, 52.90 seconds and is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
“Individually, we think that Collin wll be a contender for the title in the 800,” coach Greg Wenneborg said.
Sophomore Alyssa Watkins set a national qualifying mark in the hammer throw, finishing with a mark of 148 feet, 2 inches.
The goal for the team is to get over 20 nationally qualifying marks. The team currently has 11 student-athletes with nationally qualifying marks. Qualifying marks from the Indoor season are still eligible for the Outdoor season.
“We have a well-balanced group with nationally qualifying marks in the distances, sprints, jumps and throws,” Wenneborg said.
The Aztecs competed at the three day Cody McBride Invitational at Paradise Valley Community College. The first two days consisted of track events and the last day were the field events.
Freshman Katherine Bruno set a national qualifying time and took third place in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 4 minutes, 59.74 seconds. This is also a personal record for Bruno.
Watkins improved on her national qualifying mark in the hammer throw from the previous meet. She took second place with a mark of 157 feet, 9 inches.