Lady Rams Duo Gives Strong Efforts on Day One of 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams track & field program had a pair of strong performances at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships, Friday. As participants from the host school, the WSSU tandem of junior jumper Tajanel McNeill and sophomore sprinter Raven Covington gave some great efforts against the top competition in the nation.

In the women's long jump, McNeill had to shake off some early struggles with a pair of fouls on her first two jump attempts. She was able to recover, however, and recorded a solid 18'2.25" (5.54m) leap to place 11th in the preliminary round of the event. Unfortunately, the effort was not enough as only the top nine competitors advanced to the final round of the event.

From there, it was Covington's turn in the spotlight when she took part in the women's 60m dash. She recorded a 7.653 to place 10th in the event. However, only the top eight will advance to tomorrow's finals.

The Lady Rams will complete the 2014 indoor track & field season tomorrow when McNeill competes in the women's triple jump. For more information on Lady Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to