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New Inductees to Yavapai Roughrider Hall of Fame
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29 September 2015  

Two new inductees were added to the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Mirsada Buric and Tom “Mr. Roughrider” Gammill.

Gammill, now known as the mascot, “Mr. Roughrider,” started at Yavapai College as the announcer for the women’s basketball games in 1992. That announcing gig expanded as he saw duties spread to all the sporting events, even acting as a starter for the men’s and women’s cross-country teams. In time, Gammill developed the mascot role of Mr. Roughrider, wearing the Roughrider-style hat and attire, including the characteristic handlebar moustache. Everything authentic, except for the shoes. Although Roughriders didn’t wear sneakers, Gammill demonstrated his school spirit by wearing green tennis shoes with yellow trim to his Induction ceremony.

Gammill first moved to Prescott in 1992 after a heart transplant. He is one of the oldest living survivors of heart transplant surgery today, and always takes any opportunity to promote organ donation.

Buric has a compelling story of her own. As an Olympian representing her country of Bosnia, one might think that her life was charmed. But her country was torn by war, and she had been held in a Serbian concentration camp for 13 days before competing. She trained in the streets of Sarajevo by ducking sniper bullets.

Links:Running on Love and Hope | Bosnian ex-Olympian Looks Back at War

She came to Prescott as a Bosnian refugee, and competed in the Whiskey Row Marathon. She ended up at Yavapai College, coached by Julie Williams Jones, who was impressed by her story and performance.

According to Brad Clifford, Yavapai College’s Athletic Director, "In her two years at YC, Buric was a 2-time All-ACCAC performer; a 2-time All-NJCAA Region I runner; and a 2-time NJCAA All-American. She led her team to a third place finish in 1993 where she finished in fourth place in the national meet. In 1994, Mirsada willed her team to a National Championship. She finished the National Meet in first place in record time.”

1993:

  • All ACCAC
  • All-NJCAA, Region I
  • NJCAA All-American
  • NJCAA Region 1 Meet Champion
  • 4th Individual National Cross Country Meet - 17:39.6

1994:

  • All ACCAC
  • All-NJCAA, Region I
  • NJCAA All-American
  • NJCAA Region 1 Meet Champion
  • 4th Individual National Cross Country Meet - 18.31.00 (Course record)

Link:2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions

Lynne LaMaster

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