WSSU's Irene Jeptolo Wins Women's 3000 Meters At 56th FAMU Relays

March 11, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 56th annual Florida A&M Relays, sponsored by Ajax Construction Corporation, opened Friday at the Pete Griffin Track on the campus of Florida A&M University with collegiate teams competing in distance running and field events, as well as preliminaries in the 100 and 110 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash.  The best result of the day for WSSU was Irene Jeptolo's first-place finish in the 3000 meters as she turned in a time of 10:51:34.

Head track and field coach Halcyon Blake led Jeptolo and the men's and women's track and field teams into their first NCAA-sanctioned outdoor track and field action of the year with the competition being WSSU's first in over five seasons following the revival of the track and field programs this Spring.

Friday's winners include Edinboro's Kelly Richards (12:03.18) in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase; Dan Field of Edinboro (9:41.01) in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase, with FAMU's Gerald Christian (9:56.58) running fourth; Irene Jeptolo of Winston-Salem State (10:51.34) in the women's 3000 meters; Kerone Fairweather of Grambling State (15:39.51) in the men's 5000 meters.

Latheria Lewis of Tennessee State (14.66 meters) in the women's shot put, with FAMU's April McGriff (12.02 meters) fifth; Anthony Dale of Grambling State (55.02) in the men's javelin; Shawnalee Jenkins of Bethune-Cookman (42.35 meters) in the women's javelin, with FAMU's Darah Valville (23.84), 12th overall; Karla Blankenship of Troy University in the women's pole vault (3.16 meters), with FAMU's Valville second (3.06); Troy's Michael Heck in the men's shot put (15.49 meters).

In Friday's preliminary heats, FAMU's Shantrice Greene had the fastest time (14.56) in the women's 100 meter hurdles; Ashley Gillis ran second overall (12.49) in the women's 100 meters; Southern University's Carie Steed (14.98) had the fastest time in the men's 110 meter hurdles, while FAMU's LaJarvis Cook ran third overall (11.11) in the men's 100 meter dash.

Saturday's morning schedule opens at 8:00 with field events for high schoolers - long jump, discus, high jump and shot put - plus a schedule of running events, beginning with the 800 meters.

The afternoon session on Saturday starts at 1:00 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay for all divisions, kicking off a string of running events, which concludes at 5:45 p.m. with the 4x400 meter relay.

For additional information on WSSU track and field, contact the WSSU Office of Sports Information at (336) 750-2143 or log on to the Official Website of WSSU Athletics at


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