Rams, Lady Rams to Take Part in NCAA Division II Atlantic Regionals
SLIPPERY ROCK, PA – The Winston-Salem State University cross country teams will both be looking for historic performances when they take part in the 2011 NCAA Division II Women’s and Men’s Atlantic Region Cross Country Championships at Slippery Rock University, Saturday. With a pair of spectacular performances at the 2011 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Championships, the Rams and Lady Rams will head into the meet with some much needed momentum and are poised for some historic performances at the meet.
After some stellar efforts during the regular season and at the 2011 CIAA Cross Country Championships, the Rams and Lady Rams will look to continue their strong efforts when they look to qualify to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Washington.
The Lady Rams have had some fantastic efforts late this season and are peaking at just the right time. In their last three meets, the Lady Rams have been fantastic, finishing second at the 2011 HBCU Challenge, followed by winning both the 2nd Annual Wilbur Ross Invitational and the 2011 CIAA Cross Country Championships. Sophomore Brittney Killebrew is leading the way for the Lady Rams with wins in her last two meets, including running a time of 19:11.2 in the women’s 5K at the 2011 CIAA Cross Country Championships.
Not to be outdone, the Rams will head into the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regionals with some much needed momentum of their own. The Rams began their late season run with a second place finish at the HBCU Challenge at the Grand American Cross Country Festival and winning the 2nd Annual Wilbur Ross Invitational. The team continued to roll with a close second place finish at the 2011 CIAA Cross Country Championships. WSSU junior Andrew Chebii has been leading the way for the Rams with three straight first place finishes in all three meets. Chebii capped the late season run with his second consecutive CIAA cross country championship with a 24:32.0 in the men’s 8K run. With his time, Chebii remains one of the top runners in the Atlantic Region and has a chance to compete in the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships.
Though both teams will head into the meet with the reigning CIAA cross country individual champions, the Rams and Lady Rams will face a challenging field of competition at the meet with 40 different teams, including teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). For more information on Rams and Lady Rams cross country, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.