Oct. 21, 2010
CARY, NC - There was no question about which team was the best at the 2010 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Cross Country Championship as the Winston-Salem State Rams took a dominate first place finish in the men's 8K run. The Rams literally ran away with the championship as the team defeated the field of teams by 24 points to claim the first cross country championship in school history.
"It was unbelievable. Our men's and women's cross country teams are doing what they needed to do to fulfill our dream of Returning to Glory," WSSU Director of Athletics William "Bill" Hayes said following the championship. "I'm really proud of them, the coaching staff, and our great university."
It was a quartet of Rams who led the way as four of the five WSSU scoring runners placed in the top ten of the event. Sophomore Andrew Chebii dominated the competition to take the victory with a 24:33.3, over a minute faster than the second place finisher, WSSU junior Aaron Barnes who finished with a 25:57.6. Fellow junior Desmond Wiggan added a third place finish with a 26:06.0 in the event.
One of the highlights of the meet was a last minute sprint by WSSU freshman Kevin Rice who moved up four places in the final 100m of the race to place eighth with a 27:08.5. The surge gained key points for the Rams and demonstrated the heart that the team showed all season long.
"When I got here, our motto was a positive attitude would lead to success and when we started training, these guys were really positive and that's what built this championship," WSSU head cross country coach Inez Turner said. "It was a blessing and I'm happy. We're just getting started."
Winning the first cross country championship since the WSSU cross country program was started in 2005 is indicative of the renaissance in WSSU athletics. "The program is very positive, not just in track & field/cross country, but the whole program that [WSSU Director of Athletics] Bill Hayes has started is," Turner added. "Having a boss like Bill Hayes, the positivity is coming from the head down."
In just his first season of competition, WSSU sophomore Andrew Chebii dominated the field with not only his top time of the season, but the top 8K run time in the conference this season. "I'm very happy because this is my first time competing in the conference in my career," Chebii said. "I was very happy not only for myself, but also for my team."
For their efforts four WSSU runners earned All-CIAA honors for placing in the top ten at the event. Sophomore Andrew Chebii, juniors Aaron Barnes and Desmond Wiggan, and freshman Kevin Rice all took home All-CIAA honors.
For more information on Rams cross country, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2909 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.