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THREE CHAMPIONS AND ONE SCHOOL RECORD
Over the past two weeks the PVCC Track and Field teams competed at the Region I Championships. The Pumas competed successfully with three individual champions and one school record set at the meet.
The Pumas dominated the men’s pole vault competition, taking the 1st, 3rd, and 4th place positions. Bo Haddock jumped 4.80m (15-9) to win the competition, while his teammates Adrian Childress and Keith Williams jumped 4.50 (14-9) and 4.20 (13-9) respectively.
Rylie Matthews won the women’s javelin in dominating fashion with a personal best throw of 37.50m. Matthews winning mark was over 3 meters further than the next closest competitor and all 5 of her throws were further than the 2nd place mark. Rylie’s mark also ranks as the 2nd best throw in school history.
Logan Morris was also victorious, winning the men’s decathlon with a score of 5,499 points. Throughout the 2 days and 10 events of competition, Morris set personal bests in the long jump, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus, and pole vault.
On the track Brandon Wheat finished in a close 2nd in the 800m run in a time of 1:51.70. During the process Wheat also set a new school record.
The Pumas were well represented in the men’s 100m with three athletes advancing to the finals. Current school record holder Dionee Marrero finished in 4th place with a time of 10.76. Craig Mattox finished in 6th with a time of 11.02 which is the 4th best mark in school history. Bryant James also ran in the final placing 9th in a time of 11.21.
In the men’s long jump Mattox jumped out to a distance of 7.49 (24-7), good for 3rd place. Mattox is the current school record holder.
Marrero, Mattox, James, and Payson Bobier teamed up for the 4x100 m relay, running 41.63 to finish in 3rd place. This quartet is also the current school record holder.
Marrero was not done there. He finished up his meet by setting a new personal best of 21.62 to place 3rd in the 200m dash. This time ranks him 2nd in school history.
In the women’s 1500m run Billie Jo Dytrt finished in 3rd place with a time of 4:54.56. In the pole vault Jenna Ingram jumped 3.35 (10-11) to finish in 2nd place, while Beth Krasuski jumped 3.05 (10 ft) for 4th place. In the men’s 10,000m Brennan Vasquez ran 36:17.58, good for 3rd place.
The Puma track and field team will wrap up their season next week at the NJCAA outdoor track and field championships, at Mesa Community College. The Pumas will send a large squad with impressive balance to compete at the championships. Brandon Wheat (800m, 8th), Nico Montanez (10,000m 2nd), Craig Mattox (long jump, 6th), Bo Haddock (pole vault, 5th) Adrian Childress (pole vault, 12th), Logan Morris (decathlon, 10th), Billie Jo Dytrt (Steeplechase, 3rd), Shonda Jones (high jump, 7th), Jenna Ingram (pole vault, 7th), Beth Krasuski (pole vault, 12th), Rylie Matthews (javelin, 12th), and the men’s 4x100 m relay (15th) have all qualified and will compete at the national championships. The meet will be held at Mesa Community College on May 15-17.