By MICHELLE TRUJILLO
The Aztecs of Pima Community College sends freshmen Katherine Bruno and Hailey Myles to the NJCAA Region I Nationals.
The Aztecs hosted the Aztec Outdoor Invitational at the West Campus track.
Two freshmen, Bruno and Myles, both set national qualifying marks.
Bruno qualified for her second event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11 minutes, 58.15 seconds. With this time, she ranks No. 5 in the nation.
Myles set a lifetime personal best with her national qualifying mark in the triple jump with a mark at 38 feet, 9.75 inches. She ranks No. 3 in the nation with her mark.
At the invitational, Jarus improved his qualifying mark by almost 2 feet. He jumped 23 feet, 11.50 inches.
The 4×100 relay team of freshmen Isaiah Martin, Robert Williams, Glover and Duan Grant improve its national qualifier. The relay team finished with a time of 41.71 seconds beating their previous time by .14 seconds.
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field team competed in the ACCAC Conference Championships at Paradise Valley Community College. The championship was a one-day meet. The women had a great meet beating Glendale, Mesa and Paradise Valley community colleges. They went 3-1 in team points but lost to Central Arizona College.
Although the men’s team lost to Central Arizona and Mesa, the team beat Glendale and Paradise Valley community colleges. The Aztecs finished 2-2.
The Aztecs claimed six conference individual titles.
Katherine Bruno, freshman distance runner, took home two of those titles. She placed first in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 1.43 seconds. Bruno also earned the top spot in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 19:06.48
Freshman sprinter Kaylen Fox took first place in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:24.98.
On the men’s side, freshman sprinter Dariun Glover claimed the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.41. Glover earned himself a national qualifying mark.
“I feel that I did better than I had hoped I would at the ACCAC conference meet, becoming a champion is an honor,” Glover said.
Collin Dylla took first in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:57.07.
“My goals are to win our regional championships and to become the school record holder and win the national championship in the 800 meter,” Dylla said.
Seth Jarus, a sophomore jumper, took first place in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 11.75 inches.
The team has 13 national qualifying times and marks after this meet.