Tri-C Runner Finishes Season with All-American Honors
Caroline Lapish paces team to 12th place finish at nationals
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) cross country runner Caroline Lapish earned All-American honors at the national championships while leading the Challengers toward the top of the team rankings.
Lapish clocked a personal-best time of 18:41 to place 16th in the 5,000-meter national championship race, held Saturday in El Dorado, Kansas. The performance made the freshman from Madison just the fourth cross country All-American in school history.
Her finish helped power the Challengers to 12th place in the team standings, the second-best showing by Tri-C at the National Junior College Athletic Association finals.
“Caroline set the pace for the whole team,” said Don Cox, who just finished his 27th season as head coach of the team. “Everybody picked it up and ran their hearts out. Just an unbelievable job.”
Shelbie Sporcich, a freshman from Ashtabula, finished second for the Challengers and among the Top 100 runners. She was followed closely by Sonnie Sauvinsky (freshman/Rootstown), Jaylah Sirca (freshman/Northfield) and Maria Curren (sophomore/Marion).
All five placed in the top half of the field of 316 competitors representing more than 40 colleges.
November 14, 2016
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