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PCC's Pilgrim takes 3rd in high jump in final day of nationals

The Pima Community College track & field teams completed competition in the NJCAA National Championships on Saturday at Mesa Community College.

The Aztecs women’s team finished in 12th place out of 28 teams, with 21 points. Kaysee Pilgrim (Barry Goldwater HS) came close to setting a personal record but fell short as she placed third in the high jump with a jump of 5' 7¼", earning NJCAA All-American status and securing six points for the Aztecs. Rhiannon Reese (Benson HS) earned two points for the team after she finished in seventh place in the pole vault event with a vault of 10' 6".

Nikki Regalado (Cienega HS) earned three points for the team when she finished seventh in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18 minutes, 25.98 seconds (two points). Earlier in the day, she took eighth in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:59.22 (one point). Regalado qualified for the final race in the prelims with a time of 4:56.28 on Friday. Shanice Alchesay (Alchesay HS) finished 21st in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 20:15.94.

Alfonso Mejia (Douglas HS) finished 5th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.50 giving the Aztecs men’s team its four points for the tournament. They finished 28th out of 33 teams. Mejia qualified for the final race in the prelims when he finished first in his heat with a time of 53.37 on Friday.

In other men’s events, Eddie Wilcox (Chandler HS) finished tied for 11th in the high jump (6' 8"), Anfernee Alexander (Santa Cruz Valley Union) took 12th in the discus throw (149' 10") and Anthony Spendlove finished 32nd in the 5,000 meter race (16:56.79).

Brianna Rodriguez (Cienega HS) won the national championship in the long jump and earned NJCAA All-American status on Friday.

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Kaysee Pilgrim took third in the high jump event with a jump of 5 feet, 7 1/4 inches. The women's team finished 12th out of 28 teams with 21 points.