By EDDIE CELAYA
Standing nearly 6 feet tall with stunning red hair, sophomore Hannah Bartz is used to standing out in a crowd. Put her on the track and she doesn’t just stand out; she races to the front of the pack.
“We were always pretty fast in elementary school,” Bartz said of herself and her equally fast, just as brightly redheaded sisters. “We were always the fastest girls in the school.”
Thus began the story for Bartz, the third of four daughters. Her mother, a middle-distance runner, and her father, a football lineman, met in college at Utah State. As children, the Bartz girls showed early athletic promise.
They played “almost every sport,” Bartz said. “We all played soccer for a long time. We got into running and track and stuff in middle school and high school.”
Her first track meet in middle school hinted at her prodigious talent. It also made for great laughs.
“The one thing I remember most, it was really embarrassing,” Bartz said. “They put me in the 200 meter and I had never run it. I thought you could switch lanes, and so I did. I almost got disqualified but it didn’t matter because I was so far ahead of everyone.”
Hijinks aside, Bartz continued to run sprints and picked up jumping events in high school at Marana Mountain View.
Unlike some of her peers, Bartz took the sport seriously. She finished her senior year with silver medals in the long jump and 100-meter dash at the Arizona 4A state championship. In both events, the eventual champion went on to break state records.
“It was actually more encouraging,” she said of the defeats. “I was really excited. I knew I could do more and more great things.”
At first, Bartz hoped to attend a four-year university out of high school. Because there was limited interest from big Division I schools, she considered giving up the sport.
“Pima was the only college that offered me anything and really wanted me to come to compete,” she said. “So I was like, ‘all right.’”
Attending Pima Community College brought Bartz in contact with her current jumps coach and PCC’s recruiting coordinator, Chad Harrison.
She credits Harrison with bringing her times down and her jump up.
“We have never had an athlete like Hannah before,” Harrison said during a recent practice. “We’ve never had an athlete as strong as Hannah, as fast as Hannah, who can jump like Hannah.”
Harrison “has actually helped me get a lot stronger and get more of the technique that I really need to get those distances in long jump,” Bartz said.
Bartz says coaching helped her win silver at the National Junior College Athletics Association Indoor Nationals
meet in March.
“The fourth, third and second positions were all bunched at like mid-18 feet,”Bartz said.
It came down to her last jump. “All I needed was to pop a 19-footer, and I was golden,” she said.
She jumped 19 feet, 1.25 inches. While her specialty is in jumps, Bartz has made a splash in sprints this season. At
the Aztec Indoor Invitational, she won the 60-meter dash in a school record time of 7.79 seconds.
A week later, Pima sophomore Amber McCroskey lowered Bartz’s mark to 7.78 seconds.
At the NJCAA Indoor Nationals, Bartz ran a 7.73. McCroskey ran a 7.72. The rivalry between the two isn’t exactly
Carl Lewis versus Ben Johnson, but it’s there.
“We are really good friends,” Bartz said, before adding, “Having Amber to push me is really nice.”
With NJCAA Outdoor Nationals scheduled for May 18 in Hutchinson, Kansas, Bartz finds herself practicing and lifting more.
“On the jumps end we are up, we go and do our jump technique stuff and that takes a couple hours,” she said.
All of that preparation can make for late nights. “We usually go home on Mondays and Tuesdays around 9:30 or 10 p.m.,” she said.
Still, Bartz knows the hard work is paying off. She recently visited Idaho State University for a recruiting trip.
“The offer is on the table for a full ride, so it’s a very big option,” she said. “But I still have some other schools I’m looking at right now.”
Harrison sees Bartz more than holding her own at the next level.
“Because of the way it works for meets now, we already compete against four-year schools,” he said. “She is still getting stronger, and her technique is improving.”
Before her time at Pima is up, Bartz still has a few goals she wants to accomplish. Her major, elementary education, is helping set her up for life off the track.
“I already know I want to be an elementary school teacher,” she said.
Her goals for the track seem just as certain. “I know I can break the outdoor 200-meter record for here, and I think it’s 24.8,” she said. “I think I got that.”
By KATELYN ROBERTS
After a home meet at the Willie Williams Invitational, Pima Community College track and field hits the road until April 8.
March 23-25: Puma Outdoor Meet
Freshman Alyssa Watkins took third with her hammer throw, setting a mark of 155 feet, 1 inch.
Watkins earned an outdoor national qualifier mark. Freshman Rhiannon Bearup qualified nationally with her time of 1 minute 6.64 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third.
Freshman Megan Shiffmacher earned third place with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.
Sophomore David Fernandez earned a national qualifier in the 10,000-meter race, taking seventh with a time of 32:56.12.
April 1: Arizona Community College Athletic Conference
PCC finished in second place, ahead of Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and Paradise Valley Community College, but behind Central Arizona College.
“Our goal is to win all six jumps at the regional championships, and to my knowledge that has never been done in school history,” Pima jumps coach Chad Harrison said.
Sophomore Hannah Bartz took first place in long jump with 18 feet, 4.75 inches and first in triple jump with a 36-foot mark. Schiffmacher placed first in high jump at 5 feet, 4.25 inches.
In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Melissa Cotsonas finished with a national qualifying time of 1:06.17.
Sophomore Sam Shoultz took first in high jump at 6 feet, 10.5 inches. Fellow sophomore Treyshon Malone took first in long jump at 23 feet, 7.5 inches. Freshman Cam Duffy won the triple jump at 47 feet, 7.5 inches.
Competing in the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Alex Palacios took first with a time of 15.28 seconds.
April 6-8: Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State University, Tempe, 10 a.m.
April 8: Aztec Classic Invitational, West Campus, 10 a.m.
By Katelyn Roberts
After hosting their own indoor invitational, the Aztecs take to the road, with their next home meet on April 8.
NJCAA Indoor National Championships
The Aztecs headed to Pittsburg, Kansas, March 3 and 4, to compete in the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.
Sophomore Sam Shoultz placed first in high jump with 7 feet, 0.5 inches. Shoultz gained NJCAA All-American status.
Sophomore Hanna Bartz also earned NJCAA All-American honors and was the runner-up in the women’s long jump with 19 feet, 1.25 inches. The jump was Bartz’s personal best.
In the men’s distance relay, freshmen Victor Bustamante and Collin Dylla, and sophomores Alex Palacios and David Fernandez took seventh place with 10:30.96.
Sophomore Treyshon Malone took seventh in the long jump at 24 feet, 0.75 inches. Freshman Cam Duffy took eighth at 23 feet 7.25 inches.
Breaking Pima’s record in the 60-meter dash preliminary race, sophomore Amber McCroskey finished with a time of 7.72 second, beating her old record by 0.07 seconds.
Freshman Rhiannon Bearup also set a Pima record in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary race at 9.03 seconds.
McCrosey, Bearup, sophomore Melissa Cotsonas and freshman Tyra Yanez broke another their own PCC record in the 4×400 relay race with a time of 3:54.85, beating their old record by 6.65 seconds.
The men’s team finished in sixteenth place with 15 points, and the women’s team tied for twenty-first with eight points.
Willie Williams Invitational
Outdoor season began at the Willie Williams Invitational March 17 and 18. The UA hosted the meet at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
Shoultz took first in the high jump with 5 feet 0.50 inches.
Malone took first in the long jump at 24 feet 0.50 inches, earning an outdoor national qualifier.
Duffy took second in long jump at 23 feet, 4.5 inches and third in triple jump with 46 feet, 4 inches.
The Yanez, Bartz, Bearup, McCroskey 4×100 relay team took fifth with a time of 47.88 seconds, earning a national qualifier.
With a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches, freshman Megan Shiffmacher took second in high jump and earned a national qualifier.
Pima only has two more meets before the ACCAC meet in Glendale on April 1.
Hannah Bartz & Samuel Shoultz
Photos courtesy of PCC Athletics
By KATELYN ROBERTS
With the Aztecs’ last meet before nationals under their belts, every national qualifier earned is being counted.
On Feb. 17, Pima Community College’s track and field teams competed in the NAU Tune-Up Meet in Flagstaff.
Freshman Colin Dylla qualified nationally for the 800-meter race with a time of 1 minute and 58.17 seconds, taking fifth place Freshman Filimone Tu-avao qualified in the weight throw with a throw of 51 feet and 7 inches.
He earned ninth place. Freshman Jymil Toney improved his national qualifier in the high jump with a new mark of 6 feet, 8.75 inches.
Sophomore Sam Shoultz took second place in high jump, matching his season-best mark with a mark of 6 feet, 10.75 inches.
In the long jump, freshman Cam Duffy earned second place at 22 feet and 0.75 inches, and Treyshon Malone earned third with a jump at 22 feet and 10 inches.
Next up, PCC track and field will head to Pittsburg, Kansas, to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Indoor National Championships.
By: KATELYN ROBERTS
As Pima Community College presses on, Aztecs made five more national qualifying marks between the men’s and women’s teams at the Aztec Indoor Invitational.
PCC hosted the tournament at West Campus.
Records were also broken during the Arizona Indoor Invitational, hosted by Glendale Community College.
Feb. 3-4: Aztec Indoor Invitational
At the second meet of the season, sophomore Hannah Bartz took first place and qualified for nationals when she broke a PCC record in the 60-meter dash with her 7.8 second time.
Bartz wasn’t done yet.
She set another qualifying time and broke a PCC record again with her time of 25.09 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
“It was a real surprise because I haven’t gotten a lot of block work,” Bartz said. “I’m really more of a long-jumper.”
Men’s competition had freshmen Victor Bustamante and Collin Dylia, and sophomores Alex Palacios, and David Fernandez making up the distance medley team.
The team set a national qualifying mark with a time of 10 minutes, 36.79 seconds.
Dylia set a national qualifier in the 1,000-meter race with his time of 2 minutes, 40.11 seconds.
Sophomore Treyshon Malone qualified in long jump and placed first at 23 feet, 2.5 inches.
Freshman Cam Duffy placed first with his 23 feet, 3.5 inches jump mark.
Sophomore Sam Shoultz earned first place in the high jump at 6 feet, 10.75 inches. Shoultz improved last meet’s mark by 2 inches.
Feb. 11: Arizona Indoor
PCC’s 60-meter dash record was broken at Glendale Community College’s Arizona Indoor Invitational on Feb. 11.
Sophomore Amber McCroskey’s time was 7.79 seconds and earned a national qualifier.
McCroskey’s time beat Bartz’s previous record of 7.8 seconds, by 0.01 seconds.
Freshman Tyra Yanez set her personal record in the 60-meter race with a time of 7.91 seconds, missing the national qualifying time of 7.85 seconds by 0.06 seconds.
In the men’s competition, sophomores Alen Leyva and Alex Palacios, and freshmen Isaiah Martin and Emmanuel Doe’s 4×400 relay team set a season record and earned a national qualifier with a time of 3 minutes, 19.88 seconds.
Taking first in the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Cornelius Payne Jr. finished with a time of 8.54 seconds, missing the national qualifying mark by 0.11 seconds.
Feb.17: NAU Tune-up, Flagstaff, begins at noon
By KATELYN ROBERTS
Jan. 27-28: Paradise Valley Indoor Invitational
With their first meet out of the way, Pima Community College’s track and field returned from the Paradise Valley Indoor Invitational with two new records and six nations qualifying marks.
The women’s competition resulted in two new Pima records when freshman Rhiannon Bearup took third place in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary race with a 9.05 second time. Bearup’s time also set her qualifier.
Bearup, along with freshman Tyra Yanez and sophomores Melissa Cotsoas and Amber McCroskey, took third with another record of 4 minutes and 1.5 seconds in the 4×400 relay.
On breaking two records in her first meet of the season, Bearup said, “It was cool. It was a good feeling. [It] made me excited for the rest of the season.”
Bearup ran track all four years of high school and ran hurdles for one year.
This is her second year hurdling.
Sophomore Hannah Bartz took second in long jump, setting another national qualifier, with a mark of 18 feet and 8.5 inches.
Bartz also finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7:88.
From the men’s team, sophomore Sam Shoultz took first in high jump, setting another national qualifier with a mark of 6 feet and 8.75 inches.
In the triple jump, freshman Cam Duffy took first place with a mark of 44 feet and 7.5 inches.
Duffy also competed in the long jump and took third place. He qualified with a mark of 23 feet and 1.25 inches.
Freshman Tony Chavez qualified in pole vault with a vault of 14 feet and 9 inches. earning fourth place.
Sophomore David Fernandez took first place in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9 minutes and 14.53 seconds.
PCC will host the Aztec Indoor Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3 and Sat. Feb. 4 at PCC’s West Campus.
Events will begin at 10 a.m. on both days.
Feb. 3-4: Aztec Indoor Invitational, West Campus, begins 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday
Feb. 11: GCC/ACC Invitational, Glendale, 10 a.m.
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
By CASEY MUSE JR.
It was a solid outing for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams at the ACCAC Conference Meet at Central Arizona College on April 2.
The women’s team went 3-1 in head-to-head meetings. PCC defeated Mesa Community College (105-71), Paradise Valley Community College (119-35) and Glendale Community College (110-38). They fell to the home school Central Arizona 105-72.
Freshman Katherine Loyd earned her third outdoor national qualifier with a fourth place finish in the 1,500 meter race. Loyd also set qualifying marks in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races.
Sophomore Shalise Fernander got second place in the 800 meter race and set a qualifying time of 2:19.38.
Hailey Merriman set a national qualifier in the pole vault event with a second place vault of 3.05 meters.
The men’s team also went 3-1 in head-to-head meetings.
The Aztecs beat Glendale Community College, Central Arizona College Paradise Valley Community College.
Freshman Devonte Rodriguez took first place in the javelin as well as setting a national qualifier with a personal best 47.87 meters.
April 8: @ Mesa Classic Invitational @ Mesa CC, 4 p.m.
April 8-9: @ Sun Angel @ Arizona State University (Tempe), all day
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College track and field teams set 10 national qualifiers when it opened outdoor competition March 18-19 at the Willie Williams Invitational at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson.Freshman Sam Shoultz tied a school record and established a national qualifier
in the high jump with a distance that measured 7-feet, .50 inches.
“It was awesome to see Sam tie the record,” associate head coach Chad Harrison said. “The record was set by another freshman and I believe it stood for about 30 years so it really is impressive.”
Harrison also applauded Shoultz’s hard work. “Sam’s work ethic is impeccable,” he said. “He never misses a practice.”
Sophomore Mark Bennett took second place in the 5,000 meter race, earning a national qualifying time of 15 minutes, 22.40 seconds.
Sophomore distance runner Ahmed Mohamed also set a national qualifying time in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 4:00.78.
Freshman Isaiah Banks took first place in the long jump with a jump of 23-1.
“Isaiah is another incredibly talented freshman with potential,” Harrison said.
Freshman Treyshone Malone finished seventh in the 400 meter hurdles with a national qualifying time of 54.62 seconds.
On the women’s side of competition, sophomore Jamie Holliday earned two individual national qualifying marks.One came with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, with a leap of 18-4.75.She also registered a fifth-place finish in the triple jump, at 36-11.
“Jamie is getting her long jump going at the right time,” Harrison said. “She has all the potential in the world to retain her No. 1 rank in conference.”
Sophomores Meghan Sweeney and Juliette Cossey earned qualifying times with performances in the long jump and triple jump as well.
Sophomore Meghan Sweeney placed third in the high jump with a national qualifying mark of 5-5. Sophomore Juliette Cossey took third in the triple jump with a qualifying distance of 38-1.
Freshman Katherine Loyd set a personal best and a national qualifying mark in the 5,000-meter race, finishing 10th with a time of 18:43.42.
The 4×100 relay team of sophomore McKenna McGrath, Holliday, and freshmen Amber McCroskey and Hannah Bartz earned a fifth place with a national qualifying time of 47.87 seconds.
Pima has its next opportunity at competition March 24-26 at the Puma Outdoor Distance and Multi-Meet at Paradise Community College in Phoenix. Events begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
March 24-26: Paradise Valley CC (Phoenix), Puma Outdoor Distance & Multi-meet, 4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
April 2: @ Central Arizona College, ACCAC Conference Meet, 11 a.m.
April 8: @ Mesa Classic Invitational at Mesa CC, 4 p.m.
April 8-9: @ Sun Angel @ Arizona State University, 4 p.m. both days.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams notched top-20 finishes March 4-5 at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The men’s team finished in15th place out of 27 teams with a total of 17 points.
Sophomore Amanuel Logo had a good day, earning 12 of those 17 points.
He finished second in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 32.01 seconds, which earned him NJCAA All-American status.
Logo also broke his own PCC record when he finished fifth in the one-mile run with a time of 4:15.41.
“It’s truly nothing short of amazing,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said of Logo. “He has always been a strong runner but this has really been a breakout year. We never expected this.”
Logo claimed a 5,000-meter record in his first meet on Jan. 23 and a one-mile race record on Feb. 20.
“He can contend for a title,” Wenneborg said. “He is that fearless.”
Freshman Sam Shoultz earned fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75.
The women’s team finished 20th of 28 teams with 8.75 points.
Freshman Katherine Loyd earned points in three events. She placed seventh in the one-mile run with a personal-best time of 5 minutes, 21.32. She also finished eighth in the 3,000-meter race.
The women earned a sixth-place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:49.87. Loyd raced with sophomores Desire Montenegro and Kelsey Montano and freshman Melissa Cotsonas.
Sophomore Meghan Sweeney tied for sixth place in the high jump, finishing with a jump of 5-feet, 5.25 inches.
Freshman McKenna McGrath tied for eighth place in the high jump with a jump of 5-3.25.
The teams were in action at their final regular season indoor invitational on Feb. 27 at Central Arizona College.
Logo claimed the school record for the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:27.78.
Sophomore Ahmed Mohamed won the one-mile race with a mark of 4:21.07, which improved his national qualifying time.
Sophomore Hugo Nieves also improved his national qualifying time with a second-place time of 2:34.86 in the 1,000-meter race.
Shoultz claimed first place in the high jump and Nicolas Sibley took first in the triple jump. Both had previously set national qualifying marks.
On the women’s side, Montano finished first place in the one-mile race and improved her qualifier by almost 10 seconds with a time of 5:22.93. Loyd was right behind her in second place and improved her time at 5:26.85.
Sophomore Juliette Cossey finished the triple jump event in first place with a mark of 37-3.
“Sam, Nicolas and Juliette are all very dangerous jumpers on both the men’s and women’s sides of competition,” Wenneborg said.
The Aztecs start the track and field outdoor season March 18-19 at the Willie Williams Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona.
March 18-19: @ University of Arizona, Willie Williams Invitational, 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
March 24-26: Paradise Valley CC (Phoenix), Puma Outdoor Distance & Multi-meet, 6 p.m., 10 a.m. and 10 a.m.
April 2: @ Central Arizona College, ACCAC Conference Meet, 11 a.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
Sophomore Amanuel Logo led the way as the Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams competed Feb. 20 at the Puma Indoor Invitational Last Chance Qualifier in Phoenix.
Logo took second place in the one-mile race. He broke the PCC record in the process with a time of 4 minutes, 17.81 seconds.
“Records are made to be broken,” Logo said. “This is not only good for me, but it helps set a standard for the others.”
Logo also improved his national qualifying time, which was 4:23.59.
“I have a great relationship with my team and coaches,” he said. “The speed workouts and practice time will help get us ready for national championships in March.”
Sophomore Hugo Nieves set an indoor national qualifying time in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:34.94. He got third place.
On the women’s side of competition, two distance runners improved their national qualifying times.
Freshman Katy Loyd grabbed first in the 3,000-meter race. Her time was 10:48.61, which placed her at No. 7 in the country. She beat out her original qualifying time of 11:08.99.
Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton placed fifth in the 3,000-meter race. She took 11 seconds off her original qualifier with a time of 11:12.39.
PCC now has 29 national indoor qualifying marks and times for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.
The Aztecs will be back at it on Feb. 27 at the Central Arizona Indoor Invitational in Coolidge.
Feb. 27: @ Central Arizona College Indoor Last Chance Invitational, Central Arizona College, noon.
March 4-5: @ NCJAA Indoor National Championships
@ Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
By WILL WILLCOXSON
The Pima Community College men and women’s track and field teams took home three Region I Championship titles on May 5 at Mesa Community College. The men’s team scored 65 points on the day and the women’s team finished with 66.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim earned her Region I Championship title with a jump of 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches in the high jump event. The win improved on her score from last year’s regionals where she placed second.
Freshman Jamie Holliday jumped into first place with a jump of 18 feet, 8 inches as she hit the qualifying mark for national in the long jump event. She came in sixth place in the high jump event.
Sophomore David Stiles grabbed a Region I Championship title in javelin throw with a toss of 160 feet. He also placed fifth in long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
The 4×800 women’s relay team took second place with a time of 9 minutes, 46.67 seconds. The performance earned sophomore Sarrah Boughan, freshman Shalise Fernander, freshman Desire Montenegro and sophomore Raelene Yocupicio a spot at the national competition.
The men’s 4×800 also came in second place with a time of 7 minutes 53.16 seconds. Freshman Amanuel Logo, freshman Ahmed Mohamed, freshman Hugo Nieves and sophomore Cruz Rodriguez also qualified for nationals with the performance.
The Pima Community College track team returned home from San Diego with three more national qualifiers set at the Triton Invitational, April 24-25.
Sophomore Andrew Lee set a national qualifying mark in the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet and 8 inches.
Freshman Mark Bennett set a national qualifying record with a 15th place finish in the 5000 meter race. Bennett finished with 15 minutes and 20.49 seconds.
In the 5,000-meter race both Logo and sophomore Peter Gonzales improved on their national qualifiers.
Logo placed 13th and teammate Gonzales took 19th for the day.
In the women’s completion, freshman Meghan Sweeney set a national qualifier in the women high jump with a jump of 5-4.
The Aztecs will compete on May 14-16 at the NJCAA outdoor championships in Hutchinson, Kan.
By WILL WILLCOXSON
The Aztecs competed at the Mesa Community College invitational on April 10, both meets contained fellow junior colleges, some foreign athletes from Wales and Calgary and some universities like Grand Canyon University, San Jose State and Brigham Young University.
Freshman Amanuel Logo and sophomore Peter Gonzales both set national qualifiers in the 5000 meter race.
They finished 15th and 19th respectively, Logo added to his 1000 meter dash national and 800 meter race qualifiers both set last month.
The two national qualifiers were added to the list of 11 other Aztec participants in the NJCAA outdoor championships.
Jared Roth, freshman, placed first in the high jump competition, with a height of six feet and six inches. Roth finished two inches short of the national qualifier.
Juliette Cossey, freshman, took third place in the triple jump competition with a mark of 11.28 meters.
Cossey placed first in triple jump competition at the Puma Outdoor Invitational with a distance of 10.98 meters.
Sophomore Christian Gutierrez competed in the discus throw and finished second with a throw of 139-6.
Gutierrez also finished third in the shot put competition with a mark of 44-6 and a fourth.
Kasey Pilgrim competed at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, and competed against five different universities including Washington State, Kansas State and Boise State.
Pilgrim finished fifth with a high jump of five feet and nine inches.
The Aztecs now have a total of 12 national qualifiers including 14 different qualifing performances.
Pima will compete on April 24-25 at the Triton Invitational at the University of California, San Diego.
April 24-25: @Triton Invitational, Cali, 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
April 27-28: @Region 1 Tournament, Mesa, all day
May 5-7: Region 1 Championship, 5 p.m.
By WILL WILLCOXSON
The Aztec track and field team returned from the March 27-28 Puma Outdoor Invitational with five more national qualifiers added for the outdoor championships in May.
Among the qualifiers was freshman Blair Benefield, who also broke the pole vault school record with a height of 11 feet and six inches.
Though Benefield placed second, she also placed 7th in the country.
At the Puma outdoor Invitational Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim placed first in the high jump and qualified for the national championship with a jump of five feet and 9 ¼ inches.
Pilgrim improved on her 4th place score of five feet and seven inches at the Willie Williams Invitational.
Pilgrim followed up that performance by nearly breaking the national record and by setting the Pima school record in the high jump with six feet and 1 1/4 inches at the ACCAC outdoor meet on April 4.
Among the record breaking performance was a first place performance by Freshman Juliette Cossey in the triple jump with a jump of 11.38 meters.
Cossey previously placed first at the Puma Outdoor Invitational but with a lower score of 10.98 meters.
Anfernee Alexander, sophomore, set two national qualifiers in his second place discuss throw of 161-7 and with a 4th place finish in the hammer throw with a score of 162-7.
Sophomore David Stiles placed first in the javelin throw with a score of 151-3 improving on his 3rd place finish at the Puma Outdoor Inviatational.
Cristian Gutierrez, sophomore, improved on his hammer throw national qualifying score with a throw of 167-2.
As of April 4 the Aztecs have 13 national qualifiers for the NJCAA outdoor national championships on May 14-16.
In 2014, PCC sent more than 20 track and field athletes to the national championship. It resulted in two All-American honors, for Pilgrim in the high jump and alumna Brianna Rodriguez in long jump.
By WILL WILLCOXSON
After a successful run in the Indoor NJCAA championships, the Pima Community College track and field teams competed with the big dogs at the universities.
The Aztecs competed with fellow junior colleges as well as universities like the University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University at UA in the March 19 Willie Williams Classic.
Sophomore Anfernee Alexander set a national qualifier with an eighth-place effort of 159 feet and seven inches in the discus throw.
Alexander also placed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 162 feet, just shy of UA athlete Daniel Whitham but ahead of other university teams. Freshman Tyler Johnson placed second in the men’s long jump competition.
He beat out an Arizona competitor with his 23 feet 6 and one-quarter inches, but was ousted by a Central Arizona College athlete who jumped 24 feet 5 and three-quarters inches.
Sophomore Luke Ross placed third in the men’s high jump competition with a height of 6 feet 6 and three-quarters inches, falling just six inches short of the first place height.
Former outdoor track star and current Pima Track Club member Brianna Rodriquez placed fourth in the women’s long jump with a distance of 18 feet 10 and three-qarter inches behind three university athletes and against a mild gust of wind.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim and freshman Meghan Sweeney placed fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s high jump competition with heights of 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 5 inches.
Freshman Juliette Cossey placed third in the women’s triple jump, with a jump of 36 feet 7 inches, against a mild wind.
The Aztecs will take tok the track in Paradise Valley on March 26-28 for the Puma Outdoor Distance and Multi-Meet.
March 26-28: Puma Outdoor Distance and Multi-meet, Paradise Valley Community College, 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
April: ACCAC Conference Meet #2, West Campus, 9:30 a.m.