The Paradise Valley Track and Field team started the 2019 season with a bang as they hosted the Puma Indoor Invitational track and field meet this past Saturday.
The Pumas brought home six first place finishes and qualified seven athletes for the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet. Sophomores Nic Caruso (mile), Tim White (200m), Israel Oloyede (weight throw) and freshman Lily Standley (pole vault) qualified for the Indoor National Nhampionships in their respective events, while PV’s Men’s 4x400m relay team of White, Calvin Wilson, Marcus Fox and Michael Louzada qualified as well. Event winners included Caruso in the 1,000m, Oloyede in the weight throw, White in the 200m, Standley in the women’s pole vault, Mikaila Lockhart in the women’s 1000m and the Men’s 4x400m relay team.
The Pumas also broke two school records during the meet. Oloyede shattered the previous school record in the weight throw (14.63m) when he threw 19.04m, which is currently second in th NJCAA, and Wilson broke the school record in the 400m (49.68) when he ran 49.55.
“We had a good day today for our opening meet. Our sprint team ran exceptionally well,” commented Coach David Barney. “Now that we’ve gotten our feet wet, we should really start rolling!”
The Pumas compete again this upcoming Saturday at the Paradise Valley Indoor Invitational at PV’s Shoenhair Field. The first event starts at 10:00 a.m.