Aztecs track & field makes local connection with 37 Southern Arizona recruits for 2020-21 season

The Aztecs men's and women's track & field teams have a total of 37 student-athletes on their roster for the 2020-21 season; 24 recruits were put on scholarship. A few of the track & field competitors on this season's roster are Oksana Giron (Sunnyside HS), Octavius Thomas (Tucson Magnet HS), Dominique Acosta (Nogales HS), Reece Gardner (Marana HS), Alyssa Parton (Sabino HS), Shaun Buttigieg-Brown (Mountain View HS), Leah Blevins (Cienega HS) and Emmanuel Corral (Pusch Ridge Christian HS).
The Aztecs men's and women's track & field teams have a total of 37 student-athletes on their roster for the 2020-21 season; 24 recruits were put on scholarship. A few of the track & field competitors on this season's roster are Oksana Giron (Sunnyside HS), Octavius Thomas (Tucson Magnet HS), Dominique Acosta (Nogales HS), Reece Gardner (Marana HS), Alyssa Parton (Sabino HS), Shaun Buttigieg-Brown (Mountain View HS), Leah Blevins (Cienega HS) and Emmanuel Corral (Pusch Ridge Christian HS).

The Pima Community College men's and women's track & field teams will display many Southern Arizona talents during the 2020-21 season.

The Aztecs put 24 recruits on scholarship and 37 total on the roster.

"Bringing in local talent is going to be the pillar of success for our program," Pima track & field interim head coach Chad Harrison said. "Being able to recruit out of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and keeping the local talent here rather than having them go to other junior colleges or NAIA schools, is our first focus.

"We have an open door policy here at Pima for Southern Arizona athletes. We always have. We want to make sure we give all of the Southern Arizona kids an opportunity to continue their education and their athletics."

Coach Harrison is looking towards future classes and expanding the scholarship number of Southern Arizona student-athletes.

"We were able to give so many local kids scholarships this year. I look forward to growing out the scholarship number in the near future," Harrison said. "The Southern Arizona athletes we have are high caliber not only on the track but in the classroom as well.

"I think many high school coaches; not only in Tucson but throughout the state, will see the quality athletes we have. Additionally, the ample opportunities that we're providing our athletes to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year institutions."

Harrison sees opportunity in utilizing the revamped Aztecs Field at the Chapman Automotive Sports Complex on the West Campus with the addition of lights.

"We plan to put on local invitationals, help with big high school meets and put on coaching clinics," Harrison said. "The goal is to grow the wealth of knowledge and increase track and field talent in Southern Arizona."

2020 Southern Arizona Pima track & field/cross country student-athletes:

Dominique Acosta – Nogales HS

Quasi Almufasa – Catalina Magnet HS

Guliana Andersen – Flowing Wells HS

Leah Blevins – Cienega HS

Shaun Brown – Mountain View HS

Lucy Chavez – Benson HS

Emmanuel Corral – Pusch Ridge Christian HS

Alejandro Corrales – Nogales HS

Brandon Crockett – Marana HS

Johnathan Del Torro – Sunnyside HS

Avery Dylla – Ironwood Ridge HS

Reece Gardner – Marana HS

Elysia Garcia – Rincon/University HS

Rostow Gasore – Catalina Magnet HS

Oksana Giron – Sunnyside HS

Sebastian Granados – Nogales HS 

Gabriel Hernandez – Cholla HS

Akira Jones – St. David HS  

Isabel Kennerly – Mountain View HS

Mical Lewis – Cholla HS

Marissa Lopez – Sahuarita HS

Chalen Lozano – Marana HS

Andre Maytorena – Nogales HS 

Ali Mohamed – Desert View HS

Bailey Nance – Salpointe Catholic HS 

Alyssa Parton – Sabino HS

James Pruitt – Ironwood Ridge HS 

Caleb Rayman – Marana HS

Gustavo Rubio – Tucson Magnet HS 

Mykayla Tarwater – Tucson Magnet HS

Adrian Teso – Benson HS

Octavius Thomas – Tucson Magnet HS

Brendan Torres – Empire HS

Cynthia Villagran – Rio Rico HS

Ayanna Valles- Marana HS

Adrian Watson – Cienega HS

Dejanáe Wilmore – Tucson Magnet HS