Tri-C Track Athletes Earn All-American Honors
March 08, 2016
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Distance runner Karen Barrientos and shot putter Rashida Harris place at nationals
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) distance runner Karen Barrientos and shot putter Rashida Harris registered All-American performances at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Barrientos finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run while Harris placed fifth in the shot put at the championships, held Friday and Saturday (March 4-5) at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Both student-athletes set Tri-C records while earning All-American status.
“Karen and Rashida were at their absolute best on the sport’s biggest stage,” said Don Cox, the College’s longtime track coach. “They both delivered when it mattered most.”
Barrientos is now a five-time All-American for Tri-C, making her the most decorated runner in College history. She earned the honor twice in cross-country (2014 and 2015) and at last year’s indoor and outdoor track championships.
The sophomore from Ashtabula finished fourth in the 5,000 with a time of 18:11.48, 10 seconds faster than her previous school record. She also placed 12th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:42.89.
Harris became Tri-C’s first All-American in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 1.25 inches. The championships capped a season where she shattered the school record in the event by almost 9 feet.
The freshman from Euclid also finished 19th at nationals in the weight throw with a heave of 40 feet, 2.25 inches.
Four other Tri-C student-athletes also qualified to compete at the championships, including:
- Amber Ruiz-Bueno, a freshman from Eastlake, who finished 13th in the 600-meter run and 30th in the 400-meter run.
- Sara Leamer, a sophomore from Lordstown, who was 14th in the 800-meter run and 21st in the triple jump.
- Aarionna Banks, a freshman from Parma Heights, who placed 22nd in the triple jump, 30th in the 200-meter run and 31st in the 200-meter run.
- Maria Curren, a freshman from Marion, Ohio, who finished 25th in the 5,000-meter run.
As a team, Tri-C finished 19th at the national championships.