Michelle Rushing, 12-year-old younger sister of Arizona football player Cruz Rushing and Salpointe standout defensive end Elijah Rushing, is already establishing herself as one of the top track athletes in this state, especially in her age group.
Michelle, part of the AZ Titans track and field club coached by renowned Freddie Lux, took home the silver medal in the 80-meter hurdles (11-12 age group) at the USATF National Junior Olympics Championships at Eugene, Ore., on July 30.
Michelle finished in a personal-best time of 12.87 seconds, second to Aaliyah Allen (12.35) of North Texas.
She also competed in the 100-meter dash and reached the semifinals, where she finished in a time of 13.50 seconds.
For her performance on the national stage, Michelle is the Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month for July.
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