CARY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams cross country teams hit the course once again when the Rams men's and women's cross country teams took part in the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge at the Great American Cross Country Festival, Saturday morning. The Rams women's team continued their stellar season, placing fifth overall at the meet while the Rams men's team continued their steady improvement with some great efforts in the men's 5K run.
The Rams women's team had a great overall effort, placing fifth among the 14 teams in the women's 5K run. The Rams totaled 145 points in the event with a pair of top 20 finishes. WSSU freshman Zakyrah Haynie led the way for the Rams when she placed ninth at the meet with a 19:56.5 while fellow freshman Imani Travis placed 11th with a 20:06.5 in the event. Haynie led all Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) runners with her finish at the meet.
The Rams men's team also had a solid day as they continue to steadily improve over the course of the season. The Rams totaled 336 points to place 12th in the men's 8K run. The team saw several personal bests at the meet. WSSU sophomore Jordan Reaves led the way for the Rams when he placed 68th with a 33:57.6 in the event. Senior Julian Massey also had a solid day when he placed 34:50.1 to place 75th at the meet. Freshman Clayton Smith rounded out the Rams' top three when he placed 80th with a 36.08.3.
The Rams' men's and women's cross country teams will return to action, Friday when the team heads to nearby Kernersville, N.C. to take part in the High Point VertClass Invitational. The meet will be held at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C.
For more information on Rams cross country, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.