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  Shelese Ruffin

Shelese Ruffin

Player Profile


Banning, Calif.

High School:
Beaumont HS




Shelese Ruffin reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second time in the 4x400 relay ... the Matadors ran 3:42.56 and did not reach the event final ... qualified for the NCAA West Region Championships in the 400 meters for the second time and the long jump for the first time ... also competed on the Matador relay teams ... ran 53.45 in the 400 meter prelims to advance to the semifinals where she clocked a time of 53.67 to finish 15th ... jumped 19-3.25 (3.87) to finish in a tie for 31st in the long jump qualifier ... won her second straight Big West long jump championship with a career-best leap of 20-1 (6.12) ... had her two-year streak of Big West 400 meter championships end with a second place finish despite running a lifetime-best 52.82 ... finished third in the heptathlon scoring a lifetime-best 5,132 points which ranks fifth in Northridge history ... set personal-bests in the 100 meter hurdles (14.82) and 200 meters (24.08) as part of the heptathlon ... finished fifth in the long jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships with a career-best distance of 20-0.50 (6-11) which furthers her Matador indoor long jump record ... was 10th in the 400 meters after running 56.07.

Ruffin qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 4x100 relay where the Matadors finished 11th in the prelims (44.59) ... reached the NCAA West Region Championships for the second straight season in the 400 meters as well as relays ... finsihed sixth in the prelims (54.03) to advance to the 400 final where she placed seventh in 54.73 ... the 4x400 relay finished fifth in 3:38.83 ... won her second straight Big West 400 meter title after running a season-best 53.53 in the final ... her time ranks third in Matador history ... won the long jump with a leap of 19-7.50 (5.98) and finished second in the heptathlon with 5,023 points which is the seventh-best score in Northridge history ... was also part of the conference champion 4x400 relay ... ran Northridge's best time in the 400 hurdles with a 60.13 at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational (Apr. 11) which ranks seventh in CSUN history ... won the long jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships with a season-best 19-8.25 (6.00) ... ran an indoor personal-best 55.34 in the 400 meters at the New Balance Invitational (Feb. 6-7) which ranks fourth in Northridge indoor history.

Made the NCAA West Regional in the 400 meters where she finished sixth in a time of 54.89 ... ran the fourth-best prelim time at 54.59 ... also ran on the Matadors' 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that won Big West titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional ... was the Big West 400 meter champion after running a lifetime-best 53.80 which ranks fourth in Northridge history ... also finished third in the Big West heptathlon after scoring a personal-best 5,032 points which ranks sixth on the Matador career list ... finished ninth in the Big West in the 200 meters (24.80) after running a season-best 24.30 in the prelims ... earned USTFCCCA All-West Region honors in the 400 meters ... finished eighth in the 200 meters in a season-best 24.74 at the MPSF Indoor Championships.

Placed fifth in the 400 meters at the Big West Outdoor Championships in a time of 56.76 clocked a personal-best 54.75 in the event prelims ... her time ranks eighth on the all-time Northridge list and third on the all-time Freshmen list ... also ran a season-best 24.24 in the 200 meters during the outdoor season at the Tiny Lister Classic at Cal State LA .. that time ranks sixth on the Northridge Freshmen records list ... had an impressive indoor season that saw her named Freshman of the Year in the WAC ... finished third in the 400 meters (55.59) after clocking a personal-best and meet-best 55.47 in the prelims ... her time ranks fourth in Northridge indoor history ... also qualified in the 200 meters where she ran a season-best 24.46 to place fourth ... her time is seventh-best on the Matador Indoor records list.

Earned letters in both track and cross Country at Beaumont High School in Beaumont, Calif. ... earned All-DeAnza League in both track & field and cross country for the Cougars ... her cross country team won the DeAnza League championship her freshman year ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.0 grade point average.

Born August 19, 1986 in 29 Palms, Calif. ... parents are Yolanda and Anthony Ruffin ... has one older brother, Durell and one younger sister, Nicole ... favorites include the Tennessee Titans, U.S. Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix, the TV show "House" and "The Lion King" ... says the toughest thing about being an athlete is "finding my full potential" ... major is undecided.