Rams Repeat as 2016 CIAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Champions

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams did it again as the team claimed its second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship, Monday afternoon. The Rams took the win by a slight margin as they totaled 120 points to claim the title, just 10 points ahead of conference runners-up Johnson C. Smith.

"We worked really hard this whole season, starting from August," WSSU sophomore Rachel Bonham said after claiming the championship. "I didn't think we would do this good, but we did. We all worked hard as a team."

The Rams took the win behind some inspired performances by sophomore Domtilla Kiplagat, who was named the women's track MVP after compiling 22.25 total points at the meet. She took first place finishes in the women's 3000m run, the women's one-mile run, and she was a part of the Rams' first place distance medley relay team.

Fellow sophomore Rachel Bonham also had a terrific day when she tied with Saint Augustine's Shamia Lassiter as the field events co-MVP. She took home the honor after winning the women's high jump, placing second in the women's pentathlon.

With the victory, the Rams claim their second straight indoor championship and their third championship since 2011.

Following the conference championships, the Rams will turn their attentions to preparations for the upcoming NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. The team will compete in the UCS Invitational prior to awaiting selections for the national championship meet.


For more information on Rams women's track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com