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Pima's Rodriguez takes 3rd in long jump at Nationals

The Pima Community College track and field team completed the NJCAA National Championships at Gowans Stadium on Saturday at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

The women’s team finished 16th out of 29 teams with a score of 19 points while the men’s team took 22nd out of 36 teams with a score of nine.

Brianna Rodriguez (Cienega HS) earned All-American honors after placing third in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 7 and three-fourth inches (5.68 meters). It gave the team six points. 

Nikki Regalado (Cienega HS), who took All-American honors in the 10,000 meter race on Thursday, finished fifth in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18 minutes, 46.72 seconds which gave Pima another four points. Kathy Fisher (Sahuaro HS), who broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles during her preliminary race, took sixth in the final race with a time of 1:03.29 to give the Aztecs three points.

In men’s competition, Eddie Wilcox (Chandler HS) claimed the seventh spot in the high jump event with a jump of 6-9¾ (2.08 meters) to earn two points towards the team score. Lucas Ruiz (Flowing Wells HS) finished in seventh place for the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:59.76 (two points) and Luis Gonzalez (Buena HS) took eighth in the race with a finishing time of 4:01.40 (one point).

“Although we came up short on the team placing at the national meet this weekend, we achieved all of our goals,” Pima coach Greg Wenneborg said. “All in all I think we should be very proud of our Aztec track and field squad for all of their accomplishments. Not bad considering the outdoor program has been around for 37 years.”

The men’s track team went 8-1-1in region head-to-head competition while the women’s team was 8-2. Both teams were Region I runners-up to Central Arizona College. Regalado broke the outdoor school record in the 5,000-meter race (17:46) and Fisher broke it in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.77). Eddie Wilcox broke the school record for the high jump event at 7 feet, ½ inches. The Aztecs also produced nine outdoor region champions and 12 indoor school records were broken.

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