May 4 - 6, 2017
CUYAHOGA WOMEN SPRINT WAY TO REGION XII OUTDOOR TRACK TITLE
Team Claims 15th title in past 17 years
The 2017 NJCAA Region XII Championship was up for grabs at Vincennes University and despite rain and heavy wind gusts, the Challenger women dominated the sprint events to add the outdoor title to their indoor regional championship. Cuyahoga earned a team score of 276 points to outdistance runner up Vincennes with 87 points. Leading the way in the sprints was Naleta Andrews (Shaker Hts.) who won the 100m in 12.53, and the 200m in a school record time of 25.42. The previous record was set by Monnika Powell (Pittsburgh) in 2001. Finishing second in the 100m (12.57) and 200m (25.46) was Monique Bolton (Berea). In the mid distances, Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Willowick) continued to dominate, winning the 400m in 57.39 and the 800m in 2:17.48. The team of Naleta Andrews, Monique Bolton, Aarionna Banks (Parma) and Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) won the 4 X 100m relay in 48.77. Amber Ruiz-Bueno, Naleta Andrews, Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown), and Caroline Lapish took first place in the 4 X 800m relay (10:09.4). The 4 X 400m relay of Naleta Andrews, Zakiyah Wesley (Parma), Naomi Walker (North Olmsted) and Aarionna Banks also finished first. In the distance events, Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) claimed the 3000m steeplechase title while teammates Caroline Lapish won the 5000m (19:01.19) and Maria Curren (Columbus) took top honors in the 10,000m run (42:01.00). In the field events, Monique Bolton led a sweep in the long jump with a leap of 17' 9", followed by Chanavier Robinson (17' 6") and Aarionna Banks. All-American Rashida Harris (Euclid) won the shot with a toss of 49' 5" while Taylor Badamo (North Royalton) won the javelin with an 81' 6" effort.
The team will travel to Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) to compete at the NJCAA National Outdoor National Championship from May 18-20. Representing Cuyahoga at the national final will be Amber Ruiz-Bueno in the 800m run, Caroline Lapish in the 5000m run and the 4 X 800m relay team of Sonnie Sauvinsky, Shelbie Sporcich, Naleta Andrews and Caroline Lapish. In the field events, Rashida Harris will compete in the shot, discus and hammer.
March 17-18, April 1, 2017
WOMEN 'S TRACK TEAM ROLLS THROUGH MARCH OUTDOOR MEET SCHEDULE
The women's track team started it's outdoor track schedule at the University of Charleston Southern and came away with one school record. Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Willowick) broke the outdoor track 800m record of 2:18.20 established in 2002 by claiming a winning time of 2:17.09. Rashida Harris (Euclid) was a mere 3/4" short of braking her own outdoor shot record with a toss of 51' 1". The team also participated in the Wooster Invitational. Despite temperatures in the 30's, Rashida Harris won the shot put and was 2nd in the discus. Also claiming a runner up spot was Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) in the long jump. On the track, Amber Ruiz-Bueno won the 800m run with teammate Naleta Andrews (Shaker Heights) earning runner up honors in the 400m run. The team placed 4th out of 10 teams.
March 3-4, 2017
CUYAHOGA WOMEN FINISH 15TH AT DIVISION I NJCAA NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tri-C women's indoor track season completed their indoor season by placing 15th at the Division I NJCAA Track & Field Championship held on the campus of Pittsburgh State University, Kansas. Leading the way was Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Willowick) who earned All America recognition in both the 600m and 1000m runs, becoming the first track athlete at Cuyahoga to reach All-America status in two individual events. Amber broke her own school record in the 600m with a time of 1:32.22 and came back to finish 4th in the 1000m run in 2:58.79. Amber was also part of the 7th place distance medley relay along with Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown), Naleta Andrews (Shaker Heights) and Caroline Lapish (Madison). The distance medley relay time of 12:44.27 shatters the previous school record of 13:03.0 The women's 4 X 400m relay team of Monique Bolton (Berea), Aarionna Banks (Parma), Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) and Naleta Andrews finished 17th in the country as did Maria Curren (Columbus) in the 5000m run.
In the field events, Rashida Harris (Euclid) placed 3rd in the shot put to gain All-American recognition. Rashida was 5th at last years indoor national final and becomes a two time indoor shot put All-American. Teammate Mariah Porter (Wickliffe) placed 21st in the 20 lb. weight throw.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CLAIMS THIRD ACADEMIC NATIONAL TITLE
The women's cross country team earned it's third academic team of the year national title with a team GPA of 3.954 with nine women earning Cross Country Academic All-America honors (3.40 minimum individual GPA). The team was also the National Team GPA Champion in 2005 and 2013. According to NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association statistics, the individual Academic All-Americans include Courtney Craig (Garfield Hts.), Alyssa Fallon (Olmsted Falls), Caroline Lapish (Madison), Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Willowick), Tania French (Berea), Kim Holiday (Fairview Park), Taylor Badamo (North Royalton), Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) and Jordan Kati (Eastlake). The individual GPA's range from four, 4.0 student/athletes to a 3.50 GPA.
NATIONAL TEAM GPA STANDINGS
1. 3.954 Cuyahoga community College
2. 3.904 Lansing Community College
3. 3.900 Moraine Valley Community College
4. 3.894 El Paso Community College
5. 3.892 Des Moines Area Community College
6. 3.870 Cowley Community College
7. 3.840 Mid Michigan Community College
8. 3.755 Hesston College
9. 3.743 Pasco Hernando Community College
10.3.738 Butler Community College
February 16-17, 2017
CUYAHOGA WOMEN WIN REGION XII INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cuyahoga women's track team claimed another Region XII Indoor Championship using a total team effort that produced wins both on and off the track. The Challenger women scored 312.5 points to runner up Vincennes University 160 points. Cuyahoga dominated the sprints with Naleta Andrews (Shaker Hts.) winning both the 60m dash and 400m run. Monique Bolton (Berea) claimed the 200m title. The team of Naleta Andrews, Aarionna Banks (Parma), Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula), and Amber Ruiz-Bueno combined to win the 4 X 400m relay. In the mid distance events, Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Willowick) won the 600m run and added the 800m title with a school record time of 2:19.42, eclipsing the old mark of 2:20.32. In the longer distances, Maria Curren (Columbus) posted the winning time in the 5000m run. In the field events, Rashida Harris (Euclid) won both the shot put and 20 pound weight throw, while teammate Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) captured the long Jump crown.
The NJCAA Indoor Track National Championship is next for the Challengers. The event will be held the first weekend in March at Pittsburgh State University, Kansas. Representing Cuyahoga in the field events will be Rashida Harris in both the shot and 20 pound weight throw. Joining Rashida in the weight throw will be Mariah Porter (Wickliffe). On the track, individual qualifiers include Amber Ruiz-Bueno in both the 600m and 1000m, Caroline Lapish (Madison) in the 3000m run and Maria Curren in the 5000m. The team will also compete in the distance medley relay with Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown), Naleta Andrews, Amber Ruiz-Bueno and Caroline Lapish. The 4 X 400m relay team of Naleta Andrews, Aarionna Banks, Shelbie Sporcich and Amber Ruiz-Bueno will also compete in the final event of the schedule.
February 4, 2017
CUYAHOGA WOMEN'S TRACK TURNS IN QUALITY PERFORMANCE AT MOUNT UNION
The Challenger women followed up their strong performance last week at Findlay with another positive showing at Mount Union. In the field events, Rashida Harris (Euclid) once again broke her own school records in two throwing events. Rashida advanced her indoor shot put record from 48' 2 1/2" to 49' 9". In the weight throw, she posted a throw of 55' 11 1/4', bettering her old mark of 51' 3". Personal best marks in the throws were also achieved by Taylor Wilson (Eastlake) and Mariah Porter (Wickliffe). Aarionna Banks won the women's triple jump with a leap of 34' 6 1/4", followed by third place finisher Monique Bolton (Berea) who finished with a jump of 32' 10 1/4".
On the track, Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Eastlake) lowered her national qualifying time in the 1000m run from a 309.9 to a 303.69. Her 400m time of 59.27 missed the Cuyahoga school record by a mere 3 hundreds of a second. Naleta Andrews (Shaker Hts.) placed 8th in the 60m dash with a season best 8.08. Carolyn Lapish finshed a strong 4th in the 3000m run, covering the distance in 11:04.92. The 4 X 200m relay team of Naleta Andrews, Monique Bolton, Aarionna Banks and Amber Ruiz-Bueno captured 2nd place with a time of 1:47.17 The team travels to Tiffin University next week for the final tune up before the NJCAA Region XII Championship.
January 27-28, 2017
WOMEN'S TRACK TEAM SHINES AT UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY ELITE THROWS/INDOOR TRACK MEET
Facing stiff competition over the weekend brought out the best from the Challenger women as they continued steady improvement and set two school records. Competition form Ohio State, U. of Dayton, Bowling Green and several premier Division II NCAA college track & field programs had Tri-C athletes ready to perform...and perform they did. Rashida Harris (Euclid) broke her own school record in the Elite section of the women's shot throwing a career best 48' 2 1/2". On the track, Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Eastlake) won the 600m run in a school record 1:37.46, bettering the mark of 1:38.12 set in 2012. With the record, Amber also qualified to the NJCAA national final running under the qualifying standard of 1:40.13. Several events later, Amber also qualified to the NJCAA national final in the 1000m run posting a 3:09.99. Besides these record breaking performances, Aarionna Banks (Parma) placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 34' 2". Naleta Andrews (Shaker) finished 4th in the 400m run with a 1:00.6 and Caroline Lapish (Madison) finished 6th in the 5000m in 19:27.73. The team travels to Mount Union on February 4th for their next indoor track competition.
January 21, 2017
Women's Distance Medley Relay Highlights Tiffin Dragon Track invitational
The Tiffin University Dragon Invitational Started out in stunning fashion as the Cuyahoga women's distance medley relay qualified to the NJCAA National Indoor Championship winning the invitational first event in 13:11.00. The 1200m relay distance was covered by Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown), followed by a fast 400m sprint by Naleta Andrews (Shaker Heights), an 800m quality performance by national 800m qualifier Amber Ruiz-Bueno (Eastlake) and the anchor leg mile was run by cross country All-American Caroline Lapish (Madision). Caroline also completed the evening for the Challenger women by qualifying to the NJCAA National Final in the last event, running the 3000m in 10:59.9. Other event winners included Rashida Harris (Euclid) in the women's shot with a toss of 48' and Amber Ruiz -Bueno in the women's 800m (2:21.2). Scoring in the 60m dash was Naleta Andrews and Monique Bolton (Berea). In the field events, both Aarionna Banks (Parma) and Monique Bolton scored in the triple jump. The women are on the road next weekend when they travel to the University of Findlay.
January 14, 2017
TRACK TEAM EXCELS AT SEASON OPENER/OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY
The women's track team ran to a second place team finish at Otterbein University as teams opened their 2017 indoor track season. In the field events, All-American thrower Rashida Harris (Euclid) broke both of her indoor school records while also qualifying to the 2017 NJCAA National Indoor Track National Finals. Rashida threw the shot 48' 3/4" and the 20 lb. weight 51' 3" in winning both throwing events. On the track, Amber Ruiz-Bueno captured the 800 meter run in 2:23.81, also qualifying to the indoor championship. Just missing national qualifying was Naleta Andrews (Shaker Heights) in the 60 meter dash (8.08) and Caroline Lapish (Madison) in both the mile (5:31.1) and 3000 meter (11:06.9) run. The team travels to Tiffin University next Saturday to participate in the Tiffin Dragon Open.