Pima Track keeps the ball rolling - Tucson News Now

Pima Track keeps the ball rolling

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The renaissance that has been the 2015-16 Athletic year for the Pima Aztecs has continued this spring with the men’s and women’s track and field programs.

The Aztecs are ranked 10th on both the male and female sides nationally.

Pima set 11 new outdoor season national qualifiers at the Puma Outdoor Distance & Multi-Meet this past weekend and have 20 qualifying scores already in just two meets this spring.

The outdoor success comes off an indoor season that saw sophomore distance runner Amanuel Logo shatter three school records.

Logo, a Catalina High School product, ran a time of 2 minutes, 27.78 seconds to set the new program record in the 1,000 meter race. He claimed the 5,000 meter record (15:27.34) in the first meet of the season on Jan. 23 and the one-mile race record (4:17.81) on Feb. 20.

Logo was named an NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention for his 11th place finish at Cross Country Nationals. 

He was first team All-ACCAC after his 4th place finish at this year's ACCAC Meet and second team All-Region for being 8th place at the Region I Championships. 

Logo is one of three East African-born distance runners who have helped power Pima on the men’s side.

Sophomore Ahmed Mohamed (Rincon-University) has national qualifying times this season and freshman Anas Ali shows promise for the future.

A week after tying the Pima school record in the high jump, freshman Sam Shoultz (Corona del Sol HS) broke the record. He took first place and finished with a record-setting jump of 7-feet, 1.50-inches (2.17 meters). He improved from last week’s jump of 7-.50 (2.15 meters).

On the women’s side Sahuaro-grad Jamie Holliday has national qualifying marks in the long jump (18-4.75) and the triple jump (36-11).

Sophomore Meghan Sweeney (high jump: 5-5), Juliette Cossey (triple jump: 38-1), freshman Katherine Loyd (Catalina Magnet) (5,000 meter: 18:43.42) and the 4x100 relay team (47.87) of sophomore McKenna McGrath (St. David), Holliday, and freshmen Amber McCroskey (Buena HS) and Hannah Bartz (Mountain View HS) also posted national qualifying marks this past weekend.

The Aztecs will compete this week at the ACCAC meet at Central Arizona College in Coolidge.

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