Men's Track & Field

Reece Gardner earns second place and NJCAA All-American honors after first day at NJCAA Nationals

Sophomore Reece Gardner (Marana HS) earned second place in the Pole Vault, NJCAA All-American status and eight team points as he finished with a personal-best of 4.81 meters (15-feet, 9.25-inches). The Aztecs continue competition at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, KS on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Raymond Suarez
Sophomore Reece Gardner (Marana HS) earned second place in the Pole Vault, NJCAA All-American status and eight team points as he finished with a personal-best of 4.81 meters (15-feet, 9.25-inches). The Aztecs continue competition at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, KS on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Raymond Suarez

The Pima Community College men's track & field team closed out the first day of the NJCAA Division I National Championships on Thursday in Hutchinson, KS.

  • Sophomore Reece Gardner (Marana HS) took second place and earned eight team points in the Pole Vault with a personal-best vault of 4.81 meters (15-feet, 9.25-inches). He hit the mark on his second attempt. His three attempts to break the Pima school record fell short but earned NJCAA All-American honors.
  • "It was a good experience, it was a little rough on the conditions but we made our way through. I have excellent coaching so that helped a lot," Gardner said. "I was just able to pull off second place. It was a little upsetting, I was real close to the school record.
    "Pima has been good. It's definitely made me a better athlete and a better person especially through the coaches. Chad (Harrison) has pushed me throughout both of my seasons here; academically, physically and mentally. It's been a good experience."
  • Sophomore Chalen Lozano (Marana HS) took ninth place in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 33 minutes, 56.42 seconds.

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The Aztecs continue competition on Friday at the Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson. Events begin at 9:00 a.m. (CT).