The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2022 season on Saturday at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff on Saturday.
The men finished the Open Division in sixth place out of seven teams with a team score of 134 and the women finished the Open Division in fifth place with a team score of 140.
Freshman Abraham Valenzuela (Palo Verde) was the top finisher for the Aztecs in the 4.5-mile race as he took 10th place with a time of 24 minutes, 32.3 seconds. He was third amongst the ACCAC competitors in the race.
Sophomore Joel Gardner (Ironwood Ridge) closed out the race in 20th place (sixth in ACCAC runners) after crossing the finish line at 25:31.9.
Freshman Russell Bauer-Woodman (Marana) rounded out the top 10 in ACCAC competitors as he took 29th overall at 26:35.4.
Sophomore Will Grobe (Catalina Foothills) finished in 37th place clocking out at 27:33.5 while freshman Justin VanDeberg (Gila Ridge) was 38th finishing at 27:51.7.
Sophomore Marissa Lopez (Sahuarita) was the top finisher for the Aztecs in the 2.5-mile race as he took 25th place with a time of 19 minutes, 27.4 seconds. She took seventh place amongst the ACCAC competitors in the race.
Freshman Kate Shoemaker (Heritage Academy Mesa) crossed the finish line in 27th place overall and 12th amongst ACCAC runners with a time of 21:05.6.
Freshman Julia Lundberg (North Canyon) was 28th clocking out at 21:54.4 while fellow freshman Naiomi Hereim (San Tan Foothills) finished right behind her in 29th place at 22:03.7.
Freshman Iyannah Tolliver (Sahuaro) placed 31st overall as she finished with a time of 23:41.8.
The Aztecs will compete at the Vaquero CAMPY Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10.
From Pima release