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TRACK POSTS EIGHT NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS IN SEASON OPENER
The PV Track and Field team opened the 2015 indoor season this weekend with the Puma Indoor Invitational, hosted at Cindy Shoenhair Field. Puma Track and Field athletes got off to a fast start as seven different athletes posted a tally of eight qualifying marks for the NJCAA National Track and Field Championships to be held in Albuquerque, NM March 6-7.
Sophomores, Beth Krasuski and Heather Markovic, became the first to qualify for the Puma women after they both successfully cleared 3.05 meters (10 feet) in the Pole Vault. Next was freshman high jumper, McKenna McGrath, who cleared the national qualifying bar of 1.51 meters en route to a personal best of 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5 ¼ inches).
Several Puma women also posted personal bests in their respective events, most notably was sophomore sprinter, Morgan Chilson, who’s time of 8.02 seconds in the 60 meter dash narrowly missed a school record as it tied the mark set by former Puma Venetia Horn-Nelson in 2003.
The Puma men got their first national qualifier of the season when sophomore, Dionee Marrero, finished third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.98 seconds. Marrero also went on to post a qualifying mark in the 200 meter dash, running 22.07 seconds. Also on the track, freshman Erik Oswald, punched his ticket to Albuquerque as he covered 1000 meters in 2:39.24.
In the field events, two Puma men also posted qualifying marks: sophomores, Justin Tobin in the Pole Vault and Craig Mattox in the long jump.
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2nd ANNUAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
Join us on Saturday, January 24 at 11am for the 2nd Annual Baseball Alumni Game here at PV. The 2015 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2015 team has in store and what the alums still have in the tank. See you there!
Game Day Itinerary
11:00am - Alumni Game First Pitch
10:30am - Field Prep
10:15pm - Alumni Pre-Game
10:00pm - 2015 Pumas Pre-Game
9:30am - Alumni BP on field
9:15am - 2015 Pumas BP in Cage
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READY, SET, GO!
The Puma Track and Field teams will open their 2015 indoor campaign at the 9th annual running of the Puma Indoor Invitational Track and Field Meet on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. The meet will be hosted by PVCC and will include indoor events, along with a women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon. The meet is an ‘open’ entry meet and all are welcome.
Information about the Puma Indoor Invitational can be found HERE.
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POLE VAULTERS TRAVEL TO RENO POLE VAULT SUMMIT
The Paradise Valley Puma Pole Vault squad will be traveling to Reno, Nevada this weekend to participate in the famed Reno Pole Vault Summit. Sophomore Vaulters Justin Tobin, Bethany Krasuski, and Heather Markovic will participate in clinics and demonstrations on Friday evening before competing in the college section of competition on Saturday.
“This is a great way for our vaulters to open there 2015 seasons,” said PVCC Co-Head Track Coach, Brian Batliner. “This program has a rich pole vaulting tradition and it would be hard to find a more exciting place for our vaulters to start their season than the Reno Pole Vault Summit.”
The rest of the Paradise Valley Track and Field team will continue to train hard this week as they prepare to open their season at home in the Puma Indoor Invitational January 23 & 24.
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VISITING COACHES EYE PV TRACK FACILITY
Hundreds of coaches from all over the country visited the Paradise Valley Track and Field facility this week while in town for track and field's largest yearly meeting, the USTFCCCA Convention.
Coaches from all levels of track and field came out to observe practices of the World Athletics Center, which utilizes the PVCC track facility to train multiple world class, national class, and Olympic Development athletes.
The Pumas were excited to see so much interest in the sport of track and field as well as in the facilities!
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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!
This past weekend the the Puma Track and Field team helped spread some Christmas joy to two Phoenix area families. As part of the team’s first Christmas tree fundraiser, two generous donors purchased a tree to be donated to a local family. Puma Track and Field student-athletes added a tree stand, lights, ornaments and gifts before delivering it all to one family in Mesa and another in Glendale.
Former Puma distance standout, Jany Dang who runs a medical transport business in the Phoenix area helped put the track team in touch with these families. Dang is a member of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" community here in the Valley. The families the Pumas supported this year are also Sudenese refugees.
The PVCC Track and Field team would like to thank all who donated and participated in this activity. Happy Holidays!
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 10:00am, Saturday, February 28. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 9:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC soccer practice field.
Each player must provide their own workout clothes, shin guards and cleats. PVCC soccer will provide other needed equipment for use during the tryout.
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form (click below for forms). If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.
Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past 12 months. Physicals dated prior to February 28, 2014 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.
2015 Men’s Soccer Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Freddy Delgado, Sr. - PVCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach
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.
updated: January 26, 2015
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