By Raymond Suarez / PCC Sports
Three Pima College athletes were honored as by their respective sport this past week.
Women’s cross country runner Katherine Bruno (Canyon del Oro HS) was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday for her race over the weekend.
Bruno, a freshman, was named NJCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week. She finished in second place with a time of 18 minutes, 43.1 seconds on Saturday at the Thunderbird Classic at Mesa Community College. She was four seconds behind Erika Wallace from Grand Canyon University for first place and was 19 seconds ahead of the third place finisher.
Bruno came off a first place finish the previous week at the ACCAC Conference Championships in Goodyear finishing the 5K race at 18:37.9.
The Aztecs will compete in the Mt. SAC CC Invitational on Friday in Walnut, CA. The women’s race is at 10:00 a.m. and the women’s race will follow at 10:45 a.m.
See Bruno’s NJCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week selection:
In soccer, sophomore Alexis Hernandez (Ironwood Ridge HS) took home her second honor from the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference on Monday.
Hernandez, a forward, was named ACCAC Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 2-8. She was Co-Player of the Week earlier this season for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
Hernandez helped lead the Aztecs to a 3-0 record this week with wins at Cochise and Scottsdale Community College. She scored three goals and had one assist for the week.
Hernandez scored the golden goal in Saturday’s win against GateWay Community College and scored both goals in Pima’s 2-1 win at Cochise. Hernandez has played and started in all 16 games and has 16 goals and four assists on the season.
See Hernandez’s ACCAC Player of the Week selection on the ACCAC website:
In football, freshman Sam Moala earned recognition for his play in Saturday’s game at Eastern Arizona College.
Moala, a defensive end, was selected WSFL Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The Aztecs fell to the Gila Monsters 21-16 but Moala was a standout on defense as he finished with 13 tackles (seven solo) and three forced fumbles; one was returned for a 5-yard touchdown. He also had five tackles-for-loss for a total of 20 yards. Moala has 21 tackles on the season.
The Aztecs will return to Kino North Stadium on Saturday when they host No. 11 ranked Snow College at 1:00 p.m.
See Moala’s WSFL Player of the Week selection on the ACCAC website:
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