Lady Rams Post Provisional Qualifying Marks at Emory Crossplex Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams had another great outing this weekend at the Emory Crossplex Invitational, including several top five finishes and a pair of NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Qualifying results, Sunday. With the effort, the Lady Rams move closer to having the opportunity to compete in front of the hometown crowd at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships in March.

WSSU sophomore Raven Covington got things started for the Lady Rams when she ran a 7.73 in the women's 60m dash. She placed fourth in the event with a 7.73, an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time. Not to be outdone, WSSU junior jumper Tajanel McNeill won the women's high jump with a 5'5.25" (1.66m) jump. The effort put her directly at the provisional qualifying mark. She followed up the effort with a first place finish in the women's triple jump at 39'7.75" (12.08m), another provisional qualifying mark.

The Lady Rams also had some other great performances with several top five finishes. The WSSU 4x400m relay team set the tone when they won the event with a 3:58.33. Individually, senior Kristi Baptiste led the way with a third place finish in the women's 400m run. She recorded a 58.06 in the event. Freshman Micalyne Zimmerman added a fifth-place finish in the women's 800m run with a 2:22.76.

The Lady Rams will return home for their next event when they compete in the Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. For more information on Lady Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to