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PUMAS COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY AT NATIONAL TRACK MEET
The PVCC Track and Field teams wrapped up their seasons at the NJCAA Track and Field Championships, held May 15-17 at Mesa CC. Both teams competed hard with the Men finishing in 11th place while the Women finished in 18th place. Individually, three Pumas earned NJCAA All-American status and while setting 1 new school record.
On the track, Billie Jo Dytrt led the Pumas placing in two events. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Billie finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal with a time of 11:26.37, earning her NJCAA All-American honors. She also came back and ran the 5,000 meters placing 5th with a time of 18:15.83.
In the Men's Pole Vault, Bo Haddock overcame illness to win a silver medal and NJCAA All-American acolades, jumping a season best 4.85 meters (15'9"). This excellent effort came 1 week after winning the Region 1 Championship in the same event. Haddock also anchored the Men's 4x100 meter relay at the national meet.
Back on the track, Brandon Wheat earned All-American status in the 800 meter run. Brandon, the current school record holder placed 3rd and won a bronze with a time of 1:52.07. After this summer, Brandon will be taking his talents to Ames, Iowa to compete for the Iowa State University Cyclones.
In the Women's Javelin, Rylie Matthews placed 4th with a massive lifetime best of 39.56 meters. In the process her throw set a new PVCC school record. Matthews ranked 12th entering the meet, really stepped up big, scoring 5 big points for the team. Matthews will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall and will continue to throw there.
Craig Mattox competed in the Men's Long Jump, placing 5th with a jump of 7.38 meters. Mattox is the current school record holder.
In the Men's Decathlon Logan Morris finished in 6th place with a lifetime best of 5685 points. During the two-day, 10 event competition, Morris set new personal bests in the 100m, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus throw, and javelin.
Also scoring for the Pumas, Bethany Krasuski finished in 8th place in the women's pole vault with a jump of 3.20 meters.
This wrapped up a highly successful season for the Pumas. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons the men finished in the top 15 at the national meet, while the women finished in the top 20 at both meets. Throughout the course of the year the Pumas set eight new school records. Their success however, was not limited to just the competitive arena. All four of the men's and women's indoor and outdoor teams have been nominated for NJCAA All-Academic Team of the Year awards. Also, Jenna Ingram, Dustin Owsley, Brandon Wheat, and Chris Webb were nominated for NJCAA Student-Athlete awards.