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PUMAS AT REGION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Paradise Valley Community College women’s and men’s cross-country teams competed in the NJCAA Region I cross-country championship meet yesterday. The meet, hosted at Glendale Heroes Regional Park, saw the No. 14 nationally ranked PV women finish second, with 46 points, to No. 3 ranked Central Arizona College’s 24 points. The Pumas, led by Billie Jo Dytrt’s second-place (19:13.0) individual finish, knocked off No. 5 ranked Pima College of Tucson, who finished in third with 67 points. Dytrt was followed by Brooke Binns, 4th (19:39.4), Victoria Wyatt, 10th (20:20.4), Lizbeth Lopez, 12th (20:28.1), Paityn Bahm, 18th (21:03.6), and Holly Arnold, 29th (22:37.4). “I’m very pleased with our women- we ran very strong today, especially Brooke! If we keep our momentum going, we’ll be very competitive at the national meet,” stated Coach David Barney.
The Puma men’s team also ran well, finishing third behind No. 3 Central Arizona and No. 10 Pima. The Pumas scored 75 points to CAC’s 15 and Pima’s 72. The Pumas were led by Alemayehu Bates’ seventh-place finish in a time of 26:43.5. Rounding out the scoring for the men were Roberto Contreras Jr., 11th (26:58.6), Austin Lavin, 15th (27:11.9), Andrew Sanchez, 18th (27:26.1), Joshua Van Allen, 24th (28:23.0), Erik Oswald, 28th (29:42.8), and Ethan Woodward, 34th (31:06.4).
The next stop for the Pumas will be the national championship meet, held in Lubbock, Texas, on November 8th.
DOLLER CONTINUES TO SHINE
Former Puma Soccer All-American and NJCAA National Champion, Ali Doller, continues her successful career at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Congrats Ali and continued success!
PUMAS VISIT WILDCATS
Puma Softball got a taste of a big time program this weekend when they traveled down to Tucson to take part in the Fall Invitational hosted by University of Arizona. The Pumas faced the eight-time NCAA champion Wildcats on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Pumas played a total of five games over the weekend. In addition to facing the Wildcats on Friday, they played Cypress, Pima and Central Arizona on Saturday and Arizona Western on Sunday.
The Pumas have been hard at work this fall season in preparation for their 2015 campaign. The 2015 Conference schedule will begin the first week of February.
CROSS COUNTRY TRAVELS TO WISCONSIN
The Paradise Valley Community College cross country teams traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin this past weekend to compete in the Drews/Neubauer Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The Pumas, running in their first major invitational of the season, came home with their best performance of the year thus far.
The men’s team started off the day, placing fifteenth, out of 27 teams, in the cold, and windy, 8000-meter race. The men were led by freshman Alemayehu Bates’ 51st place finish in a time of 26:24.40. Bates was followed by sophomore Roberto Contreras Jr., 79th (26:39.54), freshman Austin Lavin, 98th (26:49.44), freshman Erik Oswald, 103rd (26:51.43), sophomore Joshua Van Allen, 128th (27:10.91), freshman Andrew Sanchez, 135th (27:15.99), and Ethan Woodward, 246th (28:12.38).
The women followed the men and finished 21st out of the 30-team field. Sophomore Billie Jo Dytrt led the Pumas with a 64th place finish, in a time of 23:40.71 over the 6000-meter course. Dytrt was followed by sophomore Brooke Binns, 114th (24:21.02), freshman Victoria Wyatt, 155th (24:42.36), freshman Paityn Bahm, 237th (25:32.48), freshman Lizbeth Lopez, 266th (25:52.03), and freshman Holly Arnold, 369th (27:24.75).
“I’m pleased with how things went- both teams had their best performances of the season, but we’ve got to keep moving forward,” commented Coach David Barney, “this is the part of the season we train all year long for, so we expect to be running well right now!”
The Pumas will take back to the cross-country course on Monday, October 27, for the Region I cross country championship meet. The women will race at 9:00 a.m., with the men lining up at 9:45 a.m. The meet will be held at Grand Linear Park, 8100 W Bethany Home Rd., Glendale, AZ 85303. Information about that park may be found here:
INTRODUCING THE PUMA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE PROGRAM
You’re a great Student AND a great Athlete!
The Puma Scholar-Athlete Program has been designed to recognize all Puma student-athletes who excel in their academics while involved in their sport. Student-athletes who, after a minimum of two full time semesters, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher will be designated as Puma Scholar-Athletes.
Every student-athlete who joins the Puma family has an incredible amount of potential for intellectual and personal growth, just as they do athletically. While we challenge our student-athletes to maximize their potential in ALL areas, we ardently strive to provide a framework of support that enables student-athletes to excel in the classroom. Our collaborative efforts build skills and confidence, shape character, and enhance opportunities for success.
PV athletics firmly believes that athletics and academics complement each other. There is a proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance. Utilizing the same traits and characteristics applied to achievement in their sport, these scholar-athletes have built their academic excellence during the 2013-2014 academic year.
While current success is of great value, success as a scholar-athlete at PV also prepares students to pursue their athletic and academic goals at the four-year college level. We look forward to seeing all of our student-athletes work to become scholar-athletes during their tenure with PVCC Athletics as well as continue their success once Puma alums.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Billie Jo Dytrt
Sarah St. Amand
Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
2014 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
The PVCC Athletic Department held its 10th Annual PUMA CLASSIC Golf Tournament at The 500 Club on Saturday, October 4. A great time was had by all participants.
The Athletic Department was able to raise over $2,500 for the PVCC Athletics Scholarship and Support Fund. The funds will be used to purchase textbooks and award tuition dollars in direct support of the academic endeavors of our PVCC student-athletes.
On behalf of our student-athletes and teams, we would like to thank all those who participated and supported the event this year. We are grateful for the support of our student-athletes and programs.
See you next year for the 11th Annual PUMA CLASSIC!
PUMAS COMPETE AT CONFERENCE MEET
The Paradise Valley cross-country teams competed in the ACCAC Cross Country Championship meet this past Friday at the Paradise Valley Golf Course. The Pumas finished in third place in both the women’s and men’s races, while defending conference champion Central Arizona won on both sides.
The Puma women were led by Billie Jo Dytrt’s second-place finish on the women’s side. Dytrt was clocked in 19:30.3 on the 3.24 mile course. Following Dytrt were Brooke Binns, 12th (20:48.9), Victoria Wyatt, 13th (20:52.9), Paityn Bahm, 26th (22:26.9), and Holly Arnold in 36th (25:00.4). “Billie Jo ran a great race for this early in the season, and the other girls will be fine, we just need to be patient,” said Coach Dave Barney. Oluwabikola Periera of Central Arizona won the race in 19:30.0.
The men’s team was led by Austin Lavin’s 12th place finish in a time of 27:59.2. Lavin was followed by Andrew Sanchez, 13th (28:01.3), Alemayehu Bates, 18th (28:15.1), Erik Oswald, 20th (28:36.1), Caleb Ljunggren, 21st (29:01.5), Rob Contreras, 24th, Ethan Woodward, 25th and Joshua Van Allen in 30th. “We ran okay today,” commented Barney, “but we’ve got to step things up from here on out. We’ll see how we are in about four weeks.” Harry Mulenga of CAC won the men’s race in 26:09.6.
The Pumas’ next race will be the Mesa Thunderbird Classic on October 11.
2014 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
Join PVCC coaches, student-athletes and staff for the 10th Annual Puma Classic on Saturday, October 4 at the 500 Club in Phoenix. This Tournament is a four-player scramble, shotgun start at 7:30am. All proceeds will benefit the Puma Athletic Scholarship Fund. Previous years’ events have raised over $39,000 in scholarship money for eligible PVCC student-athletes.
For a complete tournament brochure, please click here.
To sign up online, please click here.
For more information please call PVCC Athletics, 602-787-7173.
ICE IN THE DESERT?
You have seen the videos. You have laughed and cheered. You know the Pumas participated in the worldwide phenomena “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. But, did you know that the Pumas also raised a total of $560 for the ALS Association? With contributions from the athletic department, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, track & field and baseball, the Pumas made a $560 donation to the ALS Association this month.
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
The Pumas are committed to serving their community with efforts such as this one. In addition to this endeavor, each team will perform community service throughout the year in the greater Phoenix area. GO PUMAS!
To see videos of each Puma ice bucket challenge, please see below.
Track & Field
WOMEN'S SOCCER ACCAC PLAYER AND GK OF THE WEEK
Two Pumas were honored as Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week.
Player of the Week honors go to freshman Kylee Taylor. The freshman forward took eight shots, scoring twice. Taylor also had one assist.
Goal Keeper of the Week honors go to freshman Mallory Wright.
Wright helped PV win two games last week. She stopped eight of nine shots on goal.
WELL DONE PUMAS!
updated: October 30, 2014
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