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 STEVEN FOWLER
Eight Pima Community College athletes eight national qualifying marks when the men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Aztec Indoor Invitational on Feb. 5-6 at the West Campus.
In women’s competition, the No. 11 ranked Aztecs set three new national qualifying marks and improved in three new ones.
Freshman Amber McCroskey tied the Pima school record and set her indoor qualifying mark in the 60-meter race at 7.81 seconds.
A 4,000-meter distance medley team consisting of sophomores Desiree Montenegro and Kelsey Montano and freshmen Katherine Loyd and Melissa Cotsonas took second place with a qualifying time of 12 minutes, 58.96 seconds.
The finish placed them at No. 4 in the nation.
Montano set a national qualifying mark in the one-miler at 5:32.57.
Freshman Grecia Castillo-Villegas improved her national qualifying mark in the triple jump with a new mark of 36-feet 10.25 inches. Her previous mark was 34-7.75.
Sophomore Juliette Cossey improved in the triple jump from 36-0 to 36-5.50. Freshman Hanna Bartz improved her qualifying mark in the long jump from 18-9.75 to 19-3.25.
In men’s competition, the No. 19 ranked Aztecs set five indoor national qualifying marks.
Sophomore Amanuel Logo finished first in the one-mile race with a national qualifying time of 4:23.59, putting him No. 9 in the nation.
Logo, with sophomores Mark Bennett and Ahmed Mohamed and freshman Alan Leyva finished second in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay in 10:26.04. The time put them No. 3 in the nation.
Freshman Nicolas Sibley set his national qualifier in the triple jump, taking first place with a jump of 46-6.75.
Freshman Treyshon Malone and Isaiah Banks both set marks in the long jump. Banks finished second with a jump of 23-0.50 while Malone placed third at 22-10.
Pima athletes set five indoor national qualifying marks and two school indoor records during competition Jan. 30 at Paradise Valley Community College.
So far this season, the Aztecs have 28 indoor national qualifying marks.
Feb. 20: @ Glendale Indoor Invitational, Glendale CC, noon
By MICKEY RAY LAMB
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track teams have garnered an impressive reputation for themselves.
“We aren’t just out here coaching athletes, we are in the business of building champions,” Associate Head Coach Chad Harrison said.
The Aztecs set an impressive 15 qualifying marks to begin the 2016 season at the Puma Indoor Invitational on Jan. 23. The meet was hosted by Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.
Sophomore Mckenna McGrath took first place in the women’s high jump with a mark of 5 -feet, 7.25 inches, as well as placing second in long jump event with a mark of 17-11.
Sophomore Meghan Sweeney completed the high jump 5-5.25 earning herself a second place finish and a qualifying mark for her team.
Freshman Hannah Bartz had a long jump of 18-9.25 that put her on the podium in first Bartz also had success in the 4×400 relay team with fellow freshman Amber McCroskey, Melissa Cotsonas and sophomore Marisa Lemus finished with a qualified time of 4 minutes, 06.69 seconds earning them a third place finish.
In the women’s 3,000 meter race, freshman Kelsey Montano took third with a time of 11:04.59 with while fellow freshman Katy Loyd finishing the event with a time of 11:08.99. Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton closed out the event for Pima earning herself a ninth place finish.
Sophomore Juliette Cossey placed second with a 36-0 mark in that event and freshman Grecia Catillo-Villegas took third at 34-7.75.
In men’s competition, 2015-2016 Cross Country First Team All-American, sophomore Amanuel Logo took first place in the 1000 meter, qualifying with an indoor time of 2:33.20.
In the men’s 3,000-meter race, freshman Ahmed Mohamed, finished with a qualifying time of 8:50.67 for the first podium position. Cross Country All-American Mark Bennett took third with a qualifying time of 8:55.39.
“I worked really hard and showed I can compete at this level in college,” Bennett said.
Freshman Sam Shoultz finished first in high jump with a mark of 6-10.75.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson placed second in the long jump with a qualifying mark of 23-3.25.
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.
By WILL WILLCOXSON
Already well into the season, Pima Community College Track and Field teams have competed in two competitions since the beginning of the year.
After two meets, the Aztecs have 13 national qualifiers, with 11 meets still left in the season.
The Aztecs hosted teams from Central Arizona Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and Paradise Valley Community College during the Aztec Invitational on Feb. 6-7.
During the meet, the Aztecs fielded several national qualifiers in multiple events.
Sophomore David Stiles placed first in both men’s high jump and long jump. He achieved 1.83 meters in high jump during Friday’s pentathalon events and a distance of 13.29 meters on his last long jump attempt the following day.
Freshman Ahmed Mohamed set a national qualifying mark in the indoor 1000 meter race, with a time of 2:39.47.
Freshman Meghan Sweeney, improved on her national qualifying mark in the long jump competition with a distance of 1.66 meters.
Sophomore Andrew Lee set a national qualifying mark in indoor men’s pole vault with a height of 4.35 meters on his last attempt.
The Aztec track and fields teams competed at the Paradise Valley Community College meet that took place the previous weekend on Jan. 31.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim and Sweeney highlighted the women’s high jump competition, with each of them taking first and second respectively. Pilgrim reached a height of 1.66 meters and Sweeney followed just below at 1.61 meters.
Danielle Spargur hit a high jump of height of 1.61 meters tying Sweeney and also earning an NJCAA qualification spot.
Freshman Jamie Holliday achieved her personal best in the long jump competition with a distance of 5.64 meters on her last attempt, as well as setting a national qualifier and taking first place.
Sophomore Rhiannon Reece received first place and set a national qualifying mark in the women’s pole vault competition at 3.05 meters on her final jump of the day.
Sophomore Cruz Rodriquez placed third in the 1000-meter race. A time of 2:32.77 places him in third place in the country.
After taking a week off of competition, the Aztecs will resume Feb. 21 with the Glendale indoor invitational.
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track team had a strong showing at the NJCAA Championships on May 16-17 at Mesa Arizona.
Woman’s team takes 12th place
Sophomore Brianna Rodriguez won the national championship in the long jump for the Aztecs with a jump of 18. 11 3/4.
The win marked the second time that an Aztec women’s jumper won a national title this season. Freshman Kaysee Pilgrim won in the high jump at the outdoor nationals early this semester.
Pilgrim came close to hitting her personal best in the high jump at nationals with her third-place jump of of 5 feet, 7¼ inches, earning NJCAA All-American status.
“We had a great squad this season, and I’m very proud of everyone’s effort,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said. “The women were runnersup in the region for the third year in a row and I’m very proud of that accomplishment.”
The women finished in 12th out of 21 teams competing.
Sophomore Nikki Regalado finished in seventh place in the 5,000-meters with a time of 18: 25.98. She also finished eighth place in the 1500-meters, with a time of 4:56.28.
Freshman Rhiannon Reese finished in seventh place in the pole vault event with a vault of 10-6.
In other women’s events:
- Freshman Vanessa Fox was 10th in the long jump (17-10¼),
- Sophomore Ashley Dawson took 12th in the hammer throw (141-4),
- Freshman Maggie Prillaman took 16th in the long jump (17-3¼),
- Freshman Raelene Yocupicio finished 18th in the 800 meters (2:25.14),
- Yocupicio, freshman Shanice Alchesay, sophomore Tenishia Reynolds and freshman Col’Bi Nez were 10th in the 4×800 relay (10:00.03).
Men’s team finishes in 28th place
Despite finishing 28th, the Aztec men’s track team had some strong performances at the NJCAA Championships.
Sophomore Alfonso Mejia had the best performance for the Aztecs with his fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.50.
In other men’s events:
- Sophomore Deante Gaines took 10th in the long jump (23-6¼),
- Sophomore Eddie Wilcox tied for 11th in the high jump (6-8),
- Freshman Anfernee Alexander took 12th in the discus throw (149-10) and 16th in the shot put (46-9½),
- Freshman Kevin Snead was 14th in the 100 meter dash (10.68),
- Sophomore Khailil Hakim was 18th in the long jump (21-7¼),
- Freshman Cruz Rodriguez was 27th in the 800 meter (1:58.51),
- Freshman Anthony Spendlove finished 32nd in the 5,000 meter race (16:56.79),
- The relay team of Mejia, freshman David Stiles, Hakim and Snead took 17th in the 4×100 (41.95).
With a majority of the roster returning next season, Wenneborg feels that next year’s Aztec team can take his program to the next level.
Women’s team takes second at regionals
Compiled from PCC press releases
The Pima Community College women’s track and field team claimed second place for the second straight year at the Region I Championships at Mesa Community College on May 8.
The women’s team beat out Mesa Community College in the last event of the day, the 4×400 relay, to finish with a team score of 156.
Mesa took third place with 155. Central Arizona College captured first place with a team score of 281.
PCC’s men’s team finished in third place with a team score of 144. Central Arizona took first place and Mesa finished second.
The Aztecs claimed five individual region championships, including four on the final day.
Freshman Anfernee Alexander won in the discus with a winning throw of 148 feet, 6 inches.
Sophomore Alfonso Mejia won the 400-meter hurdles race, taking the lead after the final hurdle. He finished with an improved qualifying and personal best time of 53.16 seconds.
Sophomore Nikki Regalado won the 1,500-meter race with an improved national qualifying and a personal best time of 4 minutes, 48.02 seconds.
Freshman Raelene Yocupicio claimed the 800-meter race region championship and set a qualifying and a personal best time of 2:20.85.
On May 6, sophomore Brianna Rodriguez won the region title in the long jump.
In other events, freshman Anthony Spendlove took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best time of 10:24.80.
The 4×100 relay team of Mejia and freshmen David Stiles, Darrius Morris and Kevin Snead set a national qualifying mark with a time of 41.70.
Freshman Cruz Rodriguez set a national qualifying mark and a personal best in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:54.71.
Sophomores Marlee Sherwood and Becca Harris took second and third respectively in the triple jump.
Sophomore Deante Gaines finished second in the triple jump.
Regalado took second in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18:55.93.
To see complete results, visit: http://wingfootfinish.com/live/index.htm.
The Aztecs will have more than 20 athletes competing at the national championships on May 15-17 at Mesa Community College. Competition begins each day at 3 p.m.
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track team made big strides in the second day of the Region I track championships in Mesa on May 6.
The final day of competition took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
Results will be posted at aztecpressonline.com as they become available.
Pima returns to Mesa May 15-17 for the NJCAA national outdoor championships.
Women take five-point lead
After two days at regionals, the women’s team had a five-point lead in the overall standings.
Sophomore Brianna Rodriguez took first place in the long jump with a jump of 18-7. Freshman Vanessa Fox took second place with a jump of 17-7.
Freshman Kaysee Pilgrim took second place in the high jump with a jump of 5-5 1/4.
The relay team of sophomore Nikki Regalado and freshmen Raelene Yocupicio, Shanice Alchesay and Col’Bi Nez set a national qualifying mark with their second-place finish in the 4×800 relay with a time of 9 minutes, 50.6 seconds.
On April 26, the Aztec women set national qualifying marks in their final meet of the regular season at the University of California Triton Invitational in San Diego.
Pima was led by Regalado and sophomore Kathy Fisher.
Regalado set a new national qualifying time and school record in the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:30.58, destroying her old record of 18:26.90.
Fisher set a new personal best in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.06. She finished in third place.
Alchesay set a national qualifying time and new personal record in the 5,000 race with a time of 19:25.59.
Men sitting in second place
The men’s team was in second place with one day left in the regional championships.
They were down by three points and still had heavy hitters left to compete.
Sophomores Khalill Hakim and Eddie Wilcox tied for second place in the long jump with jumps of 6-8.
Freshman Luke Ross took fourth place in the high jump with a jump of 6-4.
At the Triton Invitational on April 26, freshman Anthony Spendlove set a national qualifying mark in the 5,000 with a time of 15:42.96.
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
Pima Community College men and women’s track team went 2-2 in their second conference meet of the season in Mesa on April 18.
Women’s team qualifying
PCC women’s team improved on some existing national qualifying mark at Mesa. Sophomore Nikki Regalado took first place in the 1500-meter with a time of 4 minutes, 49.17 seconds.
Sophomores Brianna Rodriguez, and Ashley Dawson each hit national qualifying marks in their respective events. Rodriguez took first place in the long jump with a jumps of 18-11 ¾. While Dawson hit her mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 142-11.
Freshman Vanessa Fox took second place in the long jump with a jump of 18-3 ¾. Freshman Kaysee Pilgrim took second place in the high jump with a jump of 5-3 ¾.
Sophomore Kathy Fisher also set a national qualifying time in the 400-meter. Her time was 1:03.8, which was good enough for second place.
The women’s team performance was good enough to earn a 3-1 mark versus the other school they competed against.
PCC women’s team had a strong performance in the Mesa invitational on April 11.
Rodriguez took first place in the triple jump with a jump of 18-6.
The relay team of freshman Maggie Prillaman and sophomores Tanisha Reynolds, Rodriguez and Fisher took first place in the 4X400 with a time of 4:04.59.
Men’s team hits marks
PCC men’s team set some new national qualifying marks in their second conference meet of the season at Mesa on April 18.
Sophomore Eddie Wilcox continued his undefeated streak in the high jump with his first place jump of 6-9 ¾.
Freshman Kevin Snead set a new personal best in the 100-meter with a national qualifying time of 10.55.
While sophomore Deante Gaines set a new national qualifying mark in the long jump with a jump of 23-10 ¾.
Freshman Anthony Alexander sets two national qualifying marks at the Mesa outdoor invitational on April 11.
Alexander set new marks in the discus and shot put. In the discus event he had a throw of 1152-6 and in the shot put he had a throw of 50.¾.
Sophomore Alfonso Mejia took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.58 that was also good enough to set a new national qualifying time.
The men’s team also took second and third place in the long jump. Sophomores Kahlil Hakim and Gains had jumps of 22-2 and 22-11 ¾ respectively.
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track teams set five national marks in the Willie Williams Classic at the University of Arizona on March 21-22.
Women set national marks
The women’s team continued a strong start to the season by setting national marks at the Willie Williams Classic.
Sophomore Nikki Regalado finished fifth behind four UA runners in the 5,000-meter race. Her time of 18:26.95 was the No. 1 qualifying JUCO time in the nation.
Sophomore Kathy Fisher finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.23, which was the second-best qualifying time in the nation.
The 4×400 relay team of freshman Maggie Prillaman and sophomores Brianna Rodriguez, Tenishia Reynolds and Fisher earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 3:59.27.
The women started conference competition March 15 with a second-place finish at Paradise Valley. They lost to Central Arizona College, but defeated Paradise Valley, Mesa and Glendale community colleges.
Fisher qualified for outdoor nationals with a second-place finish in the 400-meter. Her time was 1:03.52.
Freshman Kaysee Pilgrim took second place in the outdoor high jump with a jump of 5-5.
Rodriguez took first place in the long jump with a jump of 17-8 and finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54.
She also competed in the 4×400 with Reynolds, Prillaman and freshman Aimee Yocupicio. The relay team took second place with a time of 4:06.67.
Yocupicio also finished second in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:29.42 Men continue strong start
The men’s team also set national marks in the Willie Williams Classic.
Sophomore Alfonso Mejia had the nation’s best qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.59.
Sophomore Eddie Wilcox improved his national qualifying mark in the high jump with a jump of 6-10 3/4.
The men finished in third place at Paradise Valley on March 15. They defeated Paradise Valley and Glendale but lost to Central Arizona and Mesa.
Three athletes set outdoor national qualifying marks at the meet.
Wilcox qualified in the high jump with a first-place jump of 6-8.
Freshman Kevin Snead finished second in the 100-meter dash with a qualifying time of 10.61, the fifth-fastest in PCC history.
Sophomore Deante Gaines qualified in the long jump with a fourth-place finish of 23-10, the eighth-longest in school history.
He also took second place in the high jump with a jump of 6-6.
Freshman Anthony Spendlove took second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:46.48.
Freshman Khalil Hakim placed second in the triple jump at 42-6.
The Aztecs have six national qualifying marks after two events in the outdoor season. They will next compete at the Puma Outdoor Distance and Multi-Meet March 27-29 in Phoenix.
By NICK MEYERS
Mexico native Sandra Araiza left Hermosillo, Sonora, with dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer.
The 19-year-old international student is now in her second semester at Pima Community College, on her way to doing just that.
Araiza’s interest in medicine began in high school. During her senior year, her class visited hospitals to learn more about the medical environment.
“We went to hospitals and we’d see how they work and the environment, and I liked it,” she said.
Her choice in studies brought Araiza to the United States. With aspirations of practicing medicine, she obtained a scholarship from the Arizona-Mexico Commission to attend college in Arizona.
The commission, which aims to improve Arizona-Mexico relationships, offers scholarships to provide in-state tuition for international students. Araiza’s career choice made her a prime candidate.
“It is difficult if you choose a career that is also available in Sonora, but if you choose a career like biomedical engineering they will give it to you because there’s no career there,” Araiza said.
Despite opportunities to attend a university in Mexico, Araiza took advantage of the scholarship to obtain the education she wanted.
Araiza’s family has encouraged her to attend college from a young age. Her parents both obtained law degrees from the Universidad de Sonora. Although Araiza is not the first member of her family to go to college, she is the first to choose to attend school in the United States.
“When I told my family that I was going to school in America, many of them told my mom, ‘No! Don’t let her go,’” Araiza said.
She went anyway, but still makes time for family Skype updates and visits often.
Araiza has participated in both basketball and track and field in state-sponsored and high school leagues since age 8. She received a basketball scholarship to an Hermosillo-based private school, Tecnologico de Monterrey.
“I’ve always had a basketball scholarship, since the year after I started,” Araiza said. “At 9 or 10 I got the scholarship for elementary, then middle school and all throughout high school.”
The Tecnologico de Monterrey offers education at many levels ranging from high school to post graduate studies. The school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math subjects, which heavily supported Araiza’s interests.
At PCC, Araiza participates in track and field and is a member of the engineering, math and drama clubs.
She plans to transfer to the University of Arizona in Fall 2015 to earn a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.
Her only concern is that she won’t be able to continue her athletic career down the road.
“Since I’ve been in a sport since 8 years old, it is very difficult, the idea of there will be a point that I have to leave,” she said.
Araiza may know her major, but doesn’t yet know where she wants her career to take her.
“You could be the one who makes equipment for medicine or you could build robotic hands or you could invent a procedure for surgeries to not be so risky,” she said. “I could do it all!”
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
Pima Community College had two athletes finish in the top 10 nationally during the Glendale Last Chance meet on Feb. 22.
Freshman Rhiannon Reece set her pole-vaulting mark at 10 feet 6 inches, which placed her ninth nationally.
Sophomore Kathy Fisher finished the 600-meter race with a time of 1:37.73, which also ranked ninth nationally.
The records qualify the two to compete at the NJCAA National Championships in New York on March 7-8.
“This year, that’s good enough to just qualify,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said.
Other Aztecs hit qualifying marks, but will not advance to nationals because Pima has a rule that they must be ranked in the top 12 to 15, Wenneborg said.
Pima will compete at the Arizona Relays at Central Arizona College on March 1 before sending qualifiers to the national championships.
On Feb. 15, PCC athletes achieved several national marks during the Pima Indoor Invitational.
On the men’s side, freshman Kevin Snead took first place in the 60-meter race with a time of 6.89 seconds. In the 200 meters, Snead set a national qualifying time of 21.96 seconds.
Freshman Cruz Rodriguez took first place in the 800 meters. Sophomore Eddie Wilcox set another national qualifying mark in the high jump with a jump of six feet eight and three-fourth inches.
On the women’s side, freshman Heidi Lopez nearly broke a Pima record in the 1500 meters, finishing in first place with a time of 4:55.77.
Sophomores Kathy Fisher and Brianna Rodriguez each took first place in their respective events.
Fisher won the 400 meters with a time of 58.92, while Rodriguez won the long jump with a jump of 18 feet 6 inches.
Sophomore Lucas Ruiz running in the 1,500-meter race on Feb. 15.
By JAIME HERNANDEZ
Pima Community College’s men’s and women’s track teams will have to go far this season if they are to deem it a success.
Both the women’s and men’s teams had runner-up finishes in regionals last year.
A majority of their core players have returned this season, giving the Aztecs confidence they can compete for the region championship.
Head coach Greg Wenneborg feels his team is deep and talented at every position except for the sprint team.
He said the sprinters are talented, but he wishes there was a little more depth on that side of the team.
“Our goal this year is to have as many high-caliber contenders qualify for the indoor national championships in the Armory in New York City on March 7,” Wenneborg said.
Currently, Pima has 13 athletes who qualify. Wenneborg feels that 11 of them will be top-five finishers in their events.
The loss of some key players from last year’s team means new faces will have to step up for the Aztecs.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kathy Fisher, who holds Pima’s record for the hurdles, is back. So is sophomore Nikki Regalado, who holds the PCC record for the 5000 meters.
With these players on the roster and a slew of new talent coming in, the Aztecs are looking forward to the upcoming season.
Pima took several first-place finishes at the Glendale indoor invitational on Feb. 8.
The Aztec women’s distance medley relay team of Fisher, Regalado and freshmen Heidi Lopez and Raelene Yocupicio finished with a time of 12 minutes 57.02 seconds. That is the second best time in the country so far this year.
Freshman Maggie Prillaman also took first place in the long and the high jumps.
She jumped 17 feet 4 inches in the long jump and 4 feet 11 inches in the high jump.
On the men’s side, freshman Anthony Spendlove took first place in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:55 and Wilcox took first place in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet 7 inches.
Pima also recorded an impressive first meet of the season, setting six national qualifiers on Jan. 25.
The Aztecs didn’t let the cold and the rain slow them down.
Freshman Christian Gutierrez took first place in the 35-pound throw with a throw of 46 feet.
“I was very pleased with our performance,” Wenneborg said.
“In this meet I think we finished with 13 first-place finishers so even though the weather wasn’t ideal I was still happy.”
Among those first place finishers was Fisher, who tied her own record in the 60 meters with a time of 9:33.