By ANGEL CANEZ
Pima Community College is starting the season strong.
The women’s team picked up right where it left off. The members ended the meet with a third-place finish with a score of 90 points in the Dave Murray Invitational Sept. 14 at Randolph North Golf Course. This was the only meet in Tucson this season, and it was hosted by the University of Arizona.
Bruno continued her roll as she placed seventh in the 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) race. She finished in the top ten for the second time this year in as many race and was once again the first junior college runner to cross the finish line at a time of 15 minutes, 6.2 seconds.
The Aztecs again finished an impressive third place, behind Grand Canyon University with the UA coming in first.
“It’s as much of a team sport as it is a self sport; it’s about focusing on what you want and how you want to get it,” said Bruno after the race.
The men’s team didn’t fare as well in its 6-kilometer race this outing, finishing in sixth place with a score of 141 points.
Freshman Luis Tarazon lead the team again finishing the race in 31st place with a time of 20 minutes, 55.6 seconds.
The Aztecs next meet will be on Sept. 26 at the Glen Lakes Golf Course in Glendale when they compete in the ACCAC Championships. The women’s race will be at 8 a.m. with the men’s following at 8:45 a.m.
The Aztecs first meet of the season, was at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff on Sept. 1.
“I am certain both the men’s and women’s teams have improved over last year’s team,” Coach Greg Wenneborg said.
The team backed up those words as the women’s team jumped out to an early start, with sophomore Katherine Bruno crossing the finish line at 16 minutes and 38.5 seconds in the 2.6-mile run, passing five Division 1 runners in the last 1,000 meters.
Bruno was the first junior college runner to cross the line and came in second place in the first run of the day. This laid the foundation for a good day for the Aztecs, who finished the meet with 67 points — good enough to come in third place in the open standing.
The men also didn’t disappoint as they came out strong and finished the day in second place with 63 points in the open standings.
Freshmen Luis Tarazon impressed in his first meet as he finished in eighth place in the 4.5-mile run with a time of 25 minutes and 42 seconds.
“I believe that both teams can reach a Top 15 national ranking if they continue to stay focused and work as a cohesive unit,” Wenneborg said.