USTFCCCA Inducts Four into Division III Athlete Hall of Fame

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

April 30, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that the Association will induct four new members to its Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Kiyomi Parish Griffey, Sandu Rebenciuc, Derrick Rippy, and Sheila Trice will be honored with an induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on the campus of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

The four Hall of Fame inductees mentioned have combined for 57 Division III All-American honors and 28 NCAA national championships, led by Christopher Newport University standout Sheila Trice.

Trice, the most decorated athlete in NCAA Track and Field history finished her storied career with 32 All-American honors and 15 national championships (12 individual and three relay titles). Her first national title came in 1987 as part of CNU’s winning 4×100 meter relay team. From that point on Trice would set the track on fire winning four more national titles in 1988, six in 1989, and four in 1990. Of her 15 national titles, eight came from the indoor season (four in 1989) and seven from the outdoor season.

Joining Trice in the Division III Athlete Hall of Fame is Mount Union’s Derrick Rippy. Rippy was a 10-time All-American for the Purple Raiders. He won six national championships during his time at Mount Union. Rippy won both the 100 and 200 meter titles during the 1983 outdoor season and was part of the winning 4×100 meter relay team that same year. He followed up his successful 1983 campaign with a repeat in the 1984 season, again winning both the 100 and 200 meter races and running on the winning 4×100 meter relay team.  His 10.18 time in the 100 meters from 1983 still stands as the Mount Union school record as well as the best time ever recorded in Division III track and field.

Sandu Rebenciuc from Augustana College (Illinois) was an all-around distance ace. He won four national titles in track and field while at Augustana, winning 1992 national titles in the 1500 meters and 10,000 meters. In 1993 he won two more national titles, winning the 1500 meters for the second straight year and also winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Rebenciuc was an 11-time track and field All-American.

Kiyomi Parish Griffey won three NCAA Division III national titles in the hammer throw, and set a National Record in both her junior and senior years. Her best mark of 196’6" from 1997 was the NCAA Division III best mark for nine years, and still stands as the third-best all-time Division III mark. Parish qualified to Nationals and earned All America honors all four years – including a fourth place finish as a freshman before winning back-to-back-to-back national titles. Parish Griffey won four straight hammer titles at the SCIAC Conference Championships for Pomona-Pitzer, and set four meet records, including the still-standing mark of 179’9".  She also won two SCIAC titles in the shot put and was the conference track and field MVP in 1995. Following the NCAA meets, Parish competed in the USA Track & Field Championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997.