Men of Aztlan extend their Mini Grand Prix streak to nine years.

By Sylvana Uribe / Staff Writer

For the ninth year in a row, the Aztlan men’s social-service club won first place for the fastest relay at the Mini Grand Prix at the PCC on Thursday, April 16.

Aztlan Blue crossed the finish line at 29.04 seconds and club members rushed to the winning team and carried racer David Quezada up in the air. The club then huddled together as members loudly chanted their club’s name and posed for group photos to commemorate the victory.

Quezada, 20, a philosophy major, said, “I was focused on the race and nine straight wins, that’s crazy.”

Aztlan alumnus David Navarro, 20, a psychology major, said he remained cautious rather than afraid the club would lose its long-standing title.

“Other groups here did really well, better than I expected,” Navarro said. “We helped build the track and we had some time off the track to practice and we did a lot of running and conditioning. It was a lot more physical and psychological practice that we did.”

PNK, known as the Ladies of Isis, and Tong Little Sisters made it to the finals and club members considered it a rematch as they had raced against each other in the finals at the 2014 Mini Grand Prix.

This year, Tong Little Sisters won first place for the fastest relay at 35 seconds.

Tong Little Sisters’ Ashley Batts, 20, a biology major said, “We worked so hard for it and it shows that our hard work pays off and how well we can come together as a club and win something like this.”

During the race, the Ladies of Akna and TNT crashed into each other within seconds of leaving the starting line and were forced to re-run their match.

TNT racer Madeline Perez, 18, a biology major, said, “We were surprised. I saw them creeping up, but I didn’t know the cart was going crash into us. It was a very big impact.”

Other recognition included PNK’s tie-dye ensemble that earned them the award for most spirited. The award for best cart design went to the Metal Fabrication Club for its aluminum cart.

Student Life coordinator Teila Robertson said, “Our students who come and go, they need to know what traditions we held here so we got to keep our Mini Grand Prix.”

The race was livestreamed on Periscope by the Viking newspaper’s editor in chief, Brandon Richardson. The app was created by Twitter and allows a person to broadcast in real time and followers can replay videos livestreamed within the last 24 hours.

Richardson said, ““It’s really great. Being able to livestream anything, anywhere, anytime, it’s a scary thought because, let’s face it, people are weird, but it also opens up a whole new level of media with a simple, easy to use, app.”