Mesa Community College’s Nicole Lloyd is continuing the school’s reputation for top throwing athletes after tying for first in the NJCAA indoor track and field championships and also sweeping, with ease, three events in a recent ACCAC event.
Lloyd threw 50 feet, 8 1/4 inches in the weight throw, one throw behind the winner, in the indoor championships in Lubbock, Texas, last week.
She also finished third in the shot put with a toss of 46-9.
The week before, Lloyd won the shot put, discus, and hammer throws at the ACCAC Scottsdale dual meet.
Lloyd easily outdistanced all competition in those events and also qualified for the NJCAA outdoor championships in May.
Lloyd threw 47-1 in the shot put, 151-10 in the discus, and 138-11 in the hammer throw in that event.
The men’s side of MCC’s throwing unit was also dominant at the NJCAA indoor championships.
Chris Durocher capped a first-, third- and fourth-place showing of Thunderbirds in the weight throw event with a winning toss of 62-7 3/4.
Fellow sophomores Rashaud Scott and Zack Lloyd threw 59-11 1/4 and 58-11 1/2 respectively for the third- and fourth-place positions in the weight throw event.
Zack Lloyd finished second in the shot put with a toss of 52-8 3/4.
Thunderbird Angie Sandell finished third at the indoor meet in the pole vault with a jump of 10-10.
Also, MCC’s James Galvan finished sixth in the 800 (1:55.31), while Terrance McKinney was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.52).
McKinney also placed eighth in the indoor Pentathlon with 3279 points.
Scottsdale finished 20th at the indoor championships with five All-America honors.
The Artichokes’ 3,200-meter relay team of Stacey Aguayo, Amy Ellerman, Morgan Thomas and Emily Gallagher placed sixth, earning each All-American status.
Thomas finished fifth in the 800, earning her second All-American award.
MCC entered this season ranked eighth and is 19-9 overall and 9-3 in the ACCAC Division A standings.
MCC will join several teams, including Chandler-Gilbert and Scottsdale, today and Saturday in the Maricopa County Community College District softball tournament at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.