Pima Community College sports

Pima men capture second consecutive NJCAA Region I track and field championship

Pima celebrates its region track and field championship (Ray Suarez/Pima)

The Pima Community College men’s track & field team won their second straight NJCAA Region I Championships on Thursday at Mesa Community College.

The Aztecs finished with a final score of 258 points. Central Arizona placed second with 213 points and Mesa finished in third place with 210.

The Aztecs will next compete at the NJCAA Division I national championships on May 16-18 at Brown Stadium at Louisiana-Monroe in West Monroe, La.

Pima captured three more individual region crowns Thursday:

— Sophomore Abraham Valenzuela (Palo Verde grad) won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15 minutes, 19.59 seconds. He took first in the 1,500-meter race last season at the region championships.

— Freshman Darlington Onsarigo (Mica Mountain) claimed the region title in the triple jump with a mark of 14.41 meters (47-3.50).

— Freshman Nathaniel Curtiss (Rincon/University) captured the region title in the high jump with a finishing jump of 2.02 meters (6-7.50).

Teammates Brett Wynn and Tyler Rogers tied for second place in the high jump as they each closed it out with a mark of 1.97 meters (6-5.50). The Aztecs finished with 24 team points in the event.

The 4×400 relay team of Jordan Cortner, Wyatt Preble (Salpointe), Braxton Hinton, Broden Cahoon took first place with a time of 3:15.86.

Sophomore Kayden Cockrell finished second in the triple jump with a mark at 14.36 meters (47-1.50).

Cortner produced a strong race in the 400-meter hurdles as he took second place with a time of 53.02 seconds. 

Other finishes that secured points:

Brett Wynn – third place in triple jump 13.87 meters (45-6.25) (6 points)

Louis Madrigal-Diaz – third place in 1,500 meters 3:57.96 (6 points); fifth place in the 800 meters 1:56.64 (4 points)

Nasir Tucker – third place in 400 meters 47.26 (6 points); sixth place in 200 meters 22.61 (3 points)

Dhia Gaaloul – fourth place in triple jump 13.62 meters (44-8.25) (5 points)

Wyatt Preble – fourth place in the 800 meters 1:56.10 (5 points)

Jesus Quintero – fourth place in 400-meter hurdles 53.99 (5 points); fifth place in 110-meter hurdles 15.16 (4 points)

Nicholas Patterson – fourth place in 110-meter hurdles 15.06 (5 points); seventh place in 400-meter hurdles 55.79 (2 points)

Broden Cahoon – fifth place in 100 meters 10.81 (4 points)

Asa Fish – fifth place in Shot Put 12.74 meters (41-9.75) (4 points)

Jordan Cortner – fifth place in 400 meters 48.73 (4 points)

Braxton Hinton – fifth place in 200 meters 21.83 (4 points); sixth place in 100 meters 10.82 (3 points)

Dillon Arvayo (Mountain View) – sixth in discus 36.54 meters (119-10) (3 points)

Jacob Garcia (Sahuarita) – sixth place in Shot Put 12.68 meters (41-7.25) (3 points)

Tommy Duncan (Walden Grove) – sixth place in High Jump 1.77 meters (5-9.75) (3 points)

David Teso (Benson) – seventh place in Discus 34.67 meters (113-9) (2 points)

Abraham Valenzuela – seventh place in 1,500 meters 4:02.83 (2 points)

Lee Barber (Palo Verde) – eighth place in 400-meter hurdles 56.32 (1 point)

Elijah Conroy (Rincon/University) – eighth place in 5,000 meters 15:19.16 (1 point)

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