Pima Community College sports

Valenzuela & 4 x 800-relay team break school records as Pima men place sixth at nationals

Palo Verde graduate Abraham Valenzuela (Pima photo)

Pima media-relations director Ray Suarez contributed information for this report:

After the Pima Community College men’s track & field team entered the final day Saturday of competition at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships sitting atop the team standings, the No.8 Aztecs still placed better than their national ranking with a sixth-place finish.

Pima finished with a school-record 56 points after leading with 45 after Friday’s 10 events.

Sophomore Abraham Valenzuela (Palo Verde) broke his own school record in the one-mile race as he took second place with a time of 4 minutes, 03.76 seconds. He broke his previous indoor record of 4:06.40.

Pima’s 3,200-meter relay team: Evan Rasoumoff, Wyatt Preble, Louis Madrigal-Diaz and Caelan Pando (Pima photo)

The 4×800 relay team of Louis Madrigal-Diaz, Evan Rasoumoff (Catalina Foothills), Caelan Pando and Wyatt Preble (Salpointe Catholic) earned two team points and finished in seventh place setting a new Pima Indoor school record with a time of 7:50.86. They broke the old record of 8:00.79 set in 2004.

Sophomore Dillon Arvayo (Mountain View) took eighth place in the Heptathlon with a score of 4,666 points gaining one team point. He set a new personal-best and is second in school history. His previous-best was 4y,584 points.

Dillon Arvayo earned All-American status with his eighth place finish in the heptathlon (Pima photo)

The Aztecs came away with 17 total NJCAA Indoor All-Americans.

Other finishes from Saturday’s events:

Jacob Acedo – 9th place in the Heptathlon 4651 points (PR)

Kayden Gonzalez-Cockrell – 10th place in the Triple Jump 14.52 meters (47-7.75)

Darlington Onsarigo – 11th place in the Triple Jump 14.46 meters (47-5.25) (PR)

Broden Cahoon – 15th place in the Heptathlon 3771 points

Brett Wynn – 19th place in the Triple Jump 13.76 meters (45-1.75)

The Aztecs will begin the outdoor season March 14 at the Cody McBride Invitational held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.

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