Pima Community College sports

Pima men in first place of NJCAA Indoor National Championships entering final day of competition

The Pima men’s track & field team led in the team standings with 45 points after the first day of competition at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships. The high jump squad of Brett Wynn (4th), Nathaniel Curtiss (2nd) and Tyler Rogers (1st) scored a combined 22.5 points while long jumpers Jacques Jones (4th) and Raekwon Weatherspoon (2nd) scored 13 points. Competition concludes on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Photos courtesy of Chad Harrison/Pima.

Pima college media-relations director Ray Suarez contributed to this report:

The Pima Community College men’s track & field team were in first place with 45 points following first day of competition Friday at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships held at the Alachua County Sports and Events Center in Gainesville, Fla.

The 45 points are the most a Pima team has scored.

New Mexico Junior College is in second place with 33 points while Iowa Western Community College sits in third with 30.5.

South Plains College is in fourth place with 24 points and Barton County Community College rounds out the top five with 17 points.

Freshman Tyler Rogers captured the men’s high jump indoor national championship after he finished with a collegiate personal-best jump of 2.10 meters (6-feet, 10.75-inches) earning 10 team points for Pima.

Fellow freshman Nathaniel Curtiss (Rincon/University) finished in second place with a jump of 2.04 meters (6-8.25) earning eight points.

Sophomore Brett Wynn also scored points in the high jump as he tied for fourth place with a mark of 2.04 meters (56-8.25). The Aztecs scored a total of 22.5 points in the high jump event alone.

The Aztecs gained 13 points in the long jump. Sophomore Raekwon Weatherspoon took second place with a mark of 7.52 meters (24-8.25) securing eight points while sophomore Jacques Jones finished in fourth place with a jump of 7.35 meters (24-1.50).

Freshman Kolby Lewis took fourth place in the pole vault as he set a PR of 4.69 meters (15-4.50). Freshman Carter Huntsman tied for seventh place with a vault of 4.59 meters (15-0.75) and scored 1.5 points.

The distance medley relay team of freshmen Louis Madrigal-Diaz, Alex Gallego, and sophomores Wyatt Preble (Salpointe Catholic) and Abraham Valenzuela (Palo Verde) broke the Pima Indoor school record after earning a sixth-place finish with a time of 10 minutes, 01.73 seconds, giving Pima three team points.

They broke the previous record of 10:11.97 set in 2013 by Austin Stone, Lance Ross, Luis Gonzales and Alejandro Valencia.

Adam McCoy also placed 12th in the pole vault at 4.39 meters (14-4.75), a personal record.

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