Tomi Rucker has reappeared on the track scene.
The former Coolidge High School athlete who went to the University of Maryland now is making her presence felt at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.
In March, Rucker became the first person in NCAA history to earn five all-America honors during a championship track meet by finishing in the top five in five events at the NCAA Division II track championship at Fargo, N.D. The top six in each event make all-America.
Rucker won the long andtriple jumps with leaps of 19 feet 3 1/2 and 39-8, respectively. She was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.12) and 400 meter dash (56.27). She ran the second leg of the Falcons' 1,600-meter relay team which finished second (3:49.36).
"I think she is at her top (performance)," said St. Augustine's Coach George Williams.. "She does so many things for us."
Rucker -- nicknamed Pebbles -- scored 28 of St. Augustine's 77 points to help the Falcons win the Division II championship.
St. Augustine competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its women's track team hasn't lost the conference title in 10 years. The men lost once during that time span.
Rucker was ranked 17th in the country in the long jump (20-2) for the recently completed indoor season.
"She and Pat Davis (also a nationally ranked track performer at St. Augustine) can win a track meet by themselves," said Williams.
"She (Rucker) is an outstanding athlete and an outstanding person. Plus, she is keeping up her academic work," said Williams. Rucker is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in criminology.
Rucker also participates in the heptathlon.
"Her goal is to score high in the heptathlon," said Williams. "I think she will be next to (in the rankings) Jackie Joyner (an Olympian from UCLA). We are working on the field events. She is a little weak in the shot put and discus.
"She does three, four or five events in every meet. I am going to take her off some events (this spring)," explained Williams.
Rucker's goal is to make the 1988 Olympic team and win a medal in Seoul. That would make her the second Interhigh athlete to accomplish that. Shelia Ingram of Coolidge won a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics.
"We have to figure out what she can make it, and whether she should go for the long jump or the heptathlon," Williams said.
Besides Rucker, St. Augustine's has nine other former Interhigh athletes on its track roster.
The Falcons have four former Spingarn runners on the men's team: brothers Timothy and Sandy Chapman, Issac Parker and Emmanuel Johnson. Kevin McCant (Coolidge) and Charlie Poole (Anacostia) also compete for St. Augustine's.
Former H.D. Woodson runners Shesee West and Roslyn Johnson are on the women's squad.