Lady Rams Definitely Up to SPIRE NCAA D-II Team Challenge

GENEVA, OHIO – The Winston-Salem State University Lady Rams track & field teams were certainly up for the challenge at the SPIRE NCAA Division II Team Challenge in Geneva, Ohio this weekend. The Lady Rams posted several impressive performances , including many first place finishes and some NCAA Division II provisional qualifying results.

The duo of sophomore sprinter Raven Covington and junior jumper Tajanel McNeill both notched first place finishes at the meet with Covington winning the women's 60m dash finals. She recorded a 7.61 to win the event and recorded her second straight NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time. McNeil also had a great effort on the track when she placed fourth in the women's 60m hurdles with an 8.93. WSSU senior Kristi Baptiste also had a great day when she placed third in the women's 400m dash with a 57.39.

The Lady Rams also had some great performances in the field events with McNeil winning the women's long jump and the women's triple jump. McNeil punched her ticket for the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships when she won the women's triple jump with a 40'5.5" (12.33m) leap. The effort marked an automatic NCAA Division II qualifying distance for her. She also won the women's long jump with an 18'6.5" (5.63m) leap.

The Lady Rams will return to action next weekend when the team hosts the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track. For more information on Lady Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to