GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Jamie Ruginski won state titles and a New England championship when he was at Bonny Eagle, but the trophy he earned on Saturday trumps them all: a national championship.
The junior at Southern Maine returned to Gorham on Sunday a day after capturing the Division III NCAA indoor track title for the triple jump. In doing so, he became the first athlete at USM win a track & field national championship.
"The most unbelievable feeling in my life. I couldn't believe it. You know, I worked so hard for it. You know, a lot of sacrifice, dedication, you know, a lot of nights I wanted to take and spend time on the track when I wanted to do other things. It's been a very emotional week for me, emotional year, and it's just been unbelievable to be there," he said.
On Friday, he finished third in the long jump. As a top-eight finisher in both events, he also becomes the first USM trackster to earn multiple All-American honors at a national championship.
Ruginski originally competed at the University of Maine where he set the school record for the long and triple-jump. After his freshman season, he decided to give up track and school altogether moving out to California to snowboard and work in Lake Tahoe.