WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams opened the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships in style when the team totaled 18 points to take a one point lead on opening day of the meet. With two events scored, the Lady Rams totaled 18 points to take a lead over second place Saint Augustine's (17) and Virginia State (10).
WSSU junior long jumper Tajanel McNeil set the stage for the Lady Rams when she won the women's long jump with a 19'6.25" (5.95m) leap. With the victory, she scored 10 points for the Lady Rams. The Lady Rams closed out the day with a third place finish in the women's distance medley relay. The squad recorded a 13:28.68 to place third in the event.
The Lady Rams have also set the stage for a strong effort on the second day of the meet with three WSSU student-athletes qualifying for finals events tomorrow. WSSU sophomore Raven Covington led the way with a fifth place finish in the women's 60m dash preliminaries to earn a spot in the event finals. She recorded a 7.68 in the event. Joining her will be freshman Jasmine Bonaparte, who placed fifth in the women's 60m hurdles with a 9.25 to qualify for the event finals as well. Freshman Micalyne Zimmerman also added a sixth place finish in the women's 800m run with a 2:20.62 to qualify for the event finals as well.
The Lady Rams will close out the 2014 CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships tomorrow when the team returns to the JDL Fast Track. For more information on Lady Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.