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Pima track & field

Aztec runner Ruiz qualifies in 1,500; Haskell signs with Colorado

The Pima Community College track and field teams competed in the Glendale Community College Invitational on Saturday in Glendale.

Lucas Ruiz (Flowing Wells HS) earned a first-place finish and set a national qualifying mark in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3 minutes, 58.73 seconds. The Aztecs have 10 men and nine women who have qualified for nationals.

Luis Gonzalez (Buena HS) took first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:01.10 while Eddie Wilcox (Chandler HS) finished in the top spot in the high jump with a 2.03 meter (6 feet, 8 inches) leap.

In women’s competition, Marlee Sherwood (Mesa Mountain View HS) finished second in the triple jump with an 11.35 meter (37-3) jump. Esther Estrada (Nogales HS) and Lucia Hernandez (Tucson Magnet HS) finished in second and third place respectively in the 1,500-meter race. Estrada finished the race with a time of 5:17.75 while Hernandez crossed the finish line at 5:20.04.

Pima sophomore sprinter Aly Haskell (Empire HS) signed a national letter of intent to compete for the University of Colorado. Haskell holds the Pima outdoor school record in the 400 meters with a time of 56.32. She was also an Indoor All-American in the 600-meter race. Haskell will compete in the 4x400 meter relay at nationals.

The Aztecs will head back to Glendale CC on Saturday to compete in the second Arizona Community College Athletic Conference meet.

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Aly Haskell (Empire HS) signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Colorado.