BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Rams women's outdoor track & field team began their quest for a conference championship with some solid performances on day one of the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Track & Field Championships, Saturday. The Rams got some strong showings in field events while several qualifying for the finals in numerous running events on the opening day. At the end of the day, the Rams stood in third place at the meet with 22 points heading into the final day two of the event.
With many of the field event finals happening on Saturday, it was in those that the Rams were able to make their mark. Senior Jenele Terry entered the meet as the top long jumper in the CIAA and she did not disappoint. She claimed the 2019 CIAA Long Jump championship with an 18'7.25" (567m) jump. Sophomore Ashley Taylor had a solid performance in the women's shot put when she placed sixth with a 39'8.75" (12.11m) throw.
The majority of the running events finals will take place tomorrow, but there was plenty of action on the track with the Rams putting on some solid efforts in preliminary rounds and qualifying for event finals tomorrow. The Rams continued to be the top team in the women's 100m dash with junior Cierra Thompson winning the prelim with an 11.72 and redshirt-sophomore Ma'Kyia Gayden placing third with a 12.08. Thompson also qualified for the finals of the women's 200m dash when she ran a 24.38 to place third in the prelim. Junior Aaliyah Burton, sophomore Tamia McLean and sophomore Victoria Porter all qualified for the finals of the women's 400m run with Burton placing sixth in the prelim with a 55.96, McLean placing seventh with a 56.47 and Porter placing eighth with a 57.20. Porter also qualified for the finals of the women's 400m hurdles when she ran a 1:02.94. She will be joined by fellow sophomore Amique Willis, who ran a 1:03.46. The Rams will also have a trio of runners heading in the finals of the women's 100m hurdles with sophomore Azari'El Wilson, Willis, and sophomore Qjanda Rowe all qualifying for the event finals tomorrow.
The Rams will return to their pursuit of the CIAA title, tomorrow when the team takes part in day two of the 2019 CIAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet. For more information on Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.