SLIPPERY ROCK, PA – The Winston-Salem State Rams and Lady Rams cross country teams gave it their all at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional meet, Saturday morning. With a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships on the line, the Rams and Lady Rams came out with their best efforts at the meet.
Though the teams both gave great efforts, injuries and some cold weather proved to be too much for the teams to overcome. WSSU senior Aaron Barnes led the way for the Rams, placing 72nd at the event with a 35:13 in the men's 10K run. Fellow senior Desmond Wiggan added an 83rd place finish with a 35:37 in the event. WSSU's Fabian White ended the day with a 151st place finish with a 40:29 in the event. Two-tie reigning Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) individual champion Andrew Chebii was unable to complete the race as an injury sidelined him.
The Lady Rams also had some great efforts with junior Tyrah Winfrey leading the way, placing 122nd with a 26:34 in the women's 6K run. Two-time defending CIAA individual champion Brittney Killebrew placed 128th with a 26:42 in the meet. Junior Manuela Rigaud placed 141st with a 27:20.
The effort ends the cross country season for the Rams and the Lady Rams as no WSSU runners qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships. 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.