Two Tri-C Track Athletes Earn All-American Honors
March 06, 2017
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Runner Amber Ruiz-Bueno and shot putter Rashida Harris place at nationals
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) runner Amber Ruiz-Bueno and shot putter Rashida Harris registered All-American performances at the 2017 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held March 3-4 in Kansas.
Ruiz-Bueno finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run and sixth in the 600-meter run, becoming the first Tri-C track athlete to earn All-American honors in two individual events while competing at a national championship meet.
Harris, meanwhile, placed third in the shot put to earn All-American honors for the second consecutive year in the event.
“Amber and Rashida turned in amazing performances on the national stage,” said Don Cox, the College’s longtime track coach. “They are two of the best that we’ve had come through the track program.”
Ruiz-Bueno set a Tri-C record while clocking a 1:32.22 competing in the 600-meter run at the championships, lowering her previous mark. She ran a 2:59.12 to finish fourth in the 1,000-meter finals.
The sophomore from Willowick also ran a leg of Tri-C’s distance medley relay, which finished seventh while setting a school record. She was joined by Naleta Andrews (freshman/Shaker Heights), Sonnie Sauvinsky (freshman/Rootstown) and Caroline Lapish (freshman/Madison).
Harris placed third in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 11.75 inches. The championships capped a season where she extended her own school record in the event. She placed fifth at the indoor championships last year.
The sophomore from Euclid also finished 18th at nationals in the 20-pound weight throw with a heave of 47 feet, 2.5 inches.
Three other Tri-C student-athletes also competed individually at the meet, including:
- Caroline Lapish, a freshman from Madison, who finished ninth in the 3,000-meter run.
- Maria Curren, a sophomore from Marion, Ohio, who finished 17th in the 5,000-meter run.
- Mariah Porter, a sophomore from Wickliffe, who finished 21st in the weight throw.
As a team, Tri-C finished 15th at the national championships.