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Pima's Shoultz claims national title in high jump; Bartz runner-up in long jump

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams sent some athletes to the podium on Friday after the first day of competition at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.

Sophomore Sam Shoultz (Corona del Sol HS) secured the indoor national championship in the high jump as he cleared the bar at 7-feet, .050-inches (2.15 meters). He also earned NJCAA All-American status and 10 team points for the Aztecs in the standings.

Sophomore Hannah Bartz (Mountain View HS) finished as the runner-up in the women’s long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-feet, 1.25-inches (5.82 meters) earning eight points for the Aztecs. She also earned NJCAA All-American status.

In other men’s competition, the distance medley relay team of freshman Victor Bustamante (Flowing Wells HS), sophomore Alex Palacios (Mountain View HS), freshman Collin Dylla (Ironwood Ridge HS) and sophomore David Fernandez (Ironwood Ridge HS) took seventh place with a time of 10 minutes, 30.96 seconds giving Pima two points.

Sophomore Treyshon Malone (Yuma Catholic HS) placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 24-0.75-inches (7.33 meters) while freshman Cam Duffy (Peoria HS) took eighth place with a leap of 23-7.25 (7.19 meters). Malone earned two team points and Duffy gave Pima one point.

In other women’s action, sophomore Amber McCroskey (Buena HS) broke her own school record in the 60 meter dash preliminary race with a time of 7.72 seconds. Her old record was set at 7.79. Teammate Bartz was right behind her at 7.73.

Freshman Rhiannon Bearup (Skyline HS) set a new Pima school record in the 60 meter hurdles preliminary race with a time of 9.03 seconds.

The Aztecs close out competition in the NJCAA Indoor National Championships on Saturday in Pittsburg, Kan.


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Sophomore Sam Shoultz took home the NJCAA Indoor National Championship in the high jump with a leap of 7-feet, 0.50-inches. He earned NJCAA All-American status and 10 points for the Aztecs.