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Pima's Regalado breaks record in 5,000-meter race for second time

The Pima Community College track and field teams had a lot to be happy about on Saturday after they completed the Triton Invitational at the University of California-San Diego in La Jolla, Calif.

For the second time this season, Nikki Regalado (Cienega HS) broke the Pima school record in the 5,000-meter race. She took first place in the race with a time of 17 minutes, 46.08 seconds. She set the previous record on April 5 with a time of 17:52.85. Four other Pima athletes set qualifying marks in the race as well. Jaime Shrader (Flagstaff HS) finished with a time of 18:50.29, Heidi Lopez (Sunnyside HS) crossed the finish line at 19:02.52, Lucia Hernandez (Tucson Magnet HS) closed out the race at 19:05.34 and Esther Estrada (Nogales HS) had a time of 19:08.52.

Diona Johnson (Buena HS), Kathy Fisher (Sahuaro HS), Aly Haskell (Empire HS) and Makaela Pratt (Willow Canyon HS) set a national qualifier in the 4x100 relay with a time of 48.39. The finishing time put them number 3 on the all-time Pima school record list. Shelby Slocum (Sahuaro HS) set a national qualifying time in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:55.83. Her finishing time also gave her a lifetime personal record.

Labriel Leach (Catalina Magnet HS) took first place and set a national qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.86. Luis Ruiz (Flowing Wells HS) set his own a national qualifying time in the 5,000-meter race. He finished in third place with a time of 14:58.48. Alejandro Valencia (Rio Rico HS) and Caleb Herrera (Pusch Ridge Christian Academy) improved on their national qualifying times in the race as well. Valencia finished at 15:08.26 and Herrera had a time of 15:26.31.

The Aztecs will compete in the Region I Multi-Events at Mesa Community College on Monday and Tuesday.

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Nikki Regalado (Cienega HS) broke her own record in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 17:46.08. She set the previous record on Apr. 5 with a time of 17:52.85.