Sunnyside cross country/track and field standout Iliana Vijarro signs with Pima

Iliana Vijarro’s goal as mentioned in our Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight series was to attend Pima and compete for the Aztecs’ cross country and track and field teams before embarking on a Doctorate’s degree in Neurology at Arizona.

She has achieved the first part of her objective by signing with Pima’s cross country and track and field programs.

“My goal is to go to Pima Community College and complete my two years of general studies,” Vijarro wrote in the spotlight series. “Hopefully during that time I will be able to join the cross country and track and field team, making my coaches proud that I have continued on this adventure of mine.

“Then I will transfer to the University of Arizona, getting a Doctorate’s degree in Neurology with a minor in Radiology. If time permits, I would love to continue on my cross country and track and field journey.”

Vijarro holds Sunnyside’s school record in the pole vault at 6’9″. She was a three-sport competitor for the Blue Devils in swimming, cross country and track and field. 

“I started my journey my freshman year. I had wondered what it would be like to do sports since I was mostly into mariachi and orchestra my elementary and middle school years,” Vijarro wrote. “My best friend Onie Dong convinced me to come out to do swim and track and field.

“Once I realized how exciting and competitive sports were, I figured this is my place to find out new things about myself.”


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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