NJCAA All-American vaulter Valenzuela signs to Idaho State University

Sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Valenzuela (Canyon del Oro HS) signed his letter of intent to compete for Idaho State University beginning in the fall. He was an NJCAA All-American in the Indoor and Outdoor seasons this year. Photo by Raymond Suarez
Sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Valenzuela (Canyon del Oro HS) signed his letter of intent to compete for Idaho State University beginning in the fall. He was an NJCAA All-American in the Indoor and Outdoor seasons this year. Photo by Raymond Suarez

Pima Community College track & field athlete Tyler Valenzuela (Canyon del Oro HS) signed his letter of intent on Monday and will continue his education and collegiate career at the NCAA Division I level.

Valenzuela, a pole vaulter, signed to compete for Idaho State University out of the Big Sky Conference.

Valenzuela earned NJCAA All-American status for both the Indoor and Outdoor seasons. He placed fifth in the men's pole vault at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships and took seventh place at the NJCAA Division I Indoor National Championships.

Valenzuela was also a two-time All-ACCAC conference athlete, and this season, earned All-Region status for his third place finish at the NJCAA Region I Championships.

He will join 2018 teammate and fellow pole vaulter Tony Chavez (Bisbee HS) and jumper Seth Jarus (Wickenburg HS) on the 2019-20 squad. Former Pima jump standouts Hannah Bartz (Mountain View HS) and Treyshon Malone (Yuma Catholic HS) competed for the Bengals the last two years.