The Pima Community College cross country teams competed in the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona on Friday at Dell Urich Golf Course.
The Aztecs men’s team, who are ranked No. 8 in the nation, took fifth place out of eight teams with a team score of 130 and were the top JUCO team of the race. This was the first time in over 10 years the Aztecs have beaten Paradise Valley Community College in points. Paradise Valley tied for sixth with Mesa Community College at 147 points. Estrella Mountain Community College was eighth was 236 points.
Ahmed Mohamed (Rincon HS) was the top finisher for the Aztecs with a 16th place finish out of 70 competitors with a time of 22 minutes, 36.00 seconds in the 4.25-mile race. Mohamed was Pima’s fourth runner in the first race and didn’t place in Pima’s top five last week. Estevan Gomez (Tucson HS) took 28th with a time of 23:05.40 while Peter Gonzales (Pueblo HS) finished 33rd at 23:22. Anthony Spendlove (Flagstaff HS) was 34th with a time of 23:23 and Amanuel Lugo (Catalina Magnet HS) rounded out the top five at 40th place with a time of 23:32.
The Aztecs women’s team, who are ranked No. 5 in the nation, was also the top JUCO team as they finished in fifth place out of eight teams with a team score of 143 points. They defeated Mesa Community College (164) and Estrella Mountain Community College (235) from their conference.
This was the first time this season that Shanice Alchesay (Alchesay HS) was the top finisher for the Aztecs as she placed 27th out of 66 competitors with a time of 19:04 in the three-mile race. Sarrah Boughan (Canyondel Oro HS) took 32nd with a time of 19:57 while Mariah Zavala (Amphitheater HS) finished 35th at 20:11. Elizabeth Deaton (Cienega HS) was 41st with a time of 20:54 and Desire Montenegro (Sunnyside HS) rounded out the top five at 41st place with a time of 20:54.
The Aztecs will compete in the ACCAC Conference Championships at Paradise Valley Community College next Friday in Phoenix. The women’s team will race at 8:00 a.m. and the men’s race will follow at 8:45 a.m.
The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (6-2-1, 6-2-1, in ACCAC conference) came back in a big way on Saturday after dropping a tough game to Yavapai College as the Aztecs shutout Mesa Community College 3-0 at the Kino North Grandstand.
This was the fourth shutout of the season for the Aztecs and they remain undefeated at the Kino North Grandstand.
Pima got on the board when a foul was committed against Alex Rojo (Sahuaro HS) and it set up Santiago Carrillo’s (Mountain Rose HS) penalty kick goal in the 24rd minute. Pima led 1-0 at the break.
The Aztecs created shots early in the second half and Ryan Bristow (Ironwood Ridge HS) found the back of the net with his shot from the right side in the 54rdminute. Rojo tacked on a third goal with his shot from the left side to help seal it in the 88th minute.
The Aztecs will play at GateWay Community College on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Pima goals: PCC – Carrillo 24th minute; PCC – Bristow 54th minute; PCC – Rojo 88th minute.
The Pima Community College women’s soccer team (5-2, 5-2 in ACCAC conference) took control of its game early against Mesa Community College on Saturday at the Kino North Grandstand.
The Aztecs defeated Mesa 7-1 as they took a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime. Shannon Shields (Sabino HS) scored three goals in the first half. She scored her first goal in the 1st minute with an assist from Devyn Hunley (Sabino HS). She hit a shot right in front of the net in the 7th minute and hit a shot in the upper left corner of the net with an assist from Liz Valenzuela (Salpointe Catholic HS) in the 26th to make it 4-0 at that point.
Hunley and Rachel Ridlinghafer (Ironwood Ridge HS) each scored two goals. Hunley scored in the 5th minute with an assist from Sarah Dunbar (Buena HS) and hit a penalty shot in the 87th. Ridlinghafer hit her first goal in the 33rd minute after a cross pass from Kathy Fisher (Sahuaro HS) and found the back of the net again in the 84th minute with an assist from Prescilla Gonzalez (Buena HS).
The Aztecs outshot Mesa 13-5 and Mason Howard (Marana HS) had four saves for the game.
The Aztecs will play at GateWay Community College on Tuesday in Phoenix at 7:00 p.m.
Pima goals: PCC – Shields (Hunley) 1st minute; PCC – Hunley (Dunbar) 5th minute; PCC – Shields 7th minute; PCC – Shields (Valenzuela) 26th minute; PCC – Ridlinghafer (Fisher) 33rdminute; PCC – Ridlinghafer (Gonzalez) 84th; Hunley (penalty kick) 87th.