All-American Endings for Two Tri-C Record Setters
May 22, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rashida Harris and Amber Ruiz-Bueno excel at national championships
Rashida Harris and Amber Ruiz-Bueno capped record-setting track careers at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) with All-American performances at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Harris placed second in the shot put and seventh in the hammer throw while Ruiz-Bueno finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the national finals, held May 18-20 in Kansas.
“Rashida and Amber certainly left their mark on the Tri-C track program,” said Don Cox, the College’s longtime coach. “And as incredible as they’ve been during their two years at the school, they somehow saved their best for last.”
Harris became only the second Tri-C student-athlete to earn All-American honors in two individual events at nationals. Her runner-up finish in the shot put matches the best individual placing by a Challenger at the championships.
In addition, Harris shattered the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 156 feet, 4 inches at the meet. Her throw bettered the previous mark by more than 12 feet.
The sophomore from Euclid will compete next year on scholarship at the University of Louisville, an NCAA Division I school where she will continue studying physical therapy. She leaves Tri-C as a five-time NJCAA All-American and a school record holder in four events.
Ruiz-Bueno lowered her school record in the 800-meter run while making the podium at nationals. She ran a 2:13.05 at the championships, topping her previous best of 2:13.40 set earlier this season. Before this year, Tri-C’s record in the 800 was 2:18.20.
The sophomore from Willowick will run on scholarship next year for Southern Illinois University, an NCAA Division I school, where she will continue studying sports administration. She leaves Tri-C as a four-time All-American and a school record holder in four events.
Ruiz-Bueno graduated from the College this month with an Associate of Arts degree and a near-perfect GPA that resulted in Academic All-American recognition.
As a team, Tri-C finished 14th at the championships. Other national qualifiers from the College who competed at the championships included:
• Carole Lapish (freshman/Madison), who finished 17th in the 5,000-meter run
• The 4x800-meter relay team of Lapish, Sonnie Sauvinsky (freshman/Rootstown), Shelbie Sporcich (freshman/Ashtabula) and Naleta Andrews (freshman/Shaker Heights), which finished 13th.