ETTRICK, VA – The Winston-Salem State University Lady Rams track & field team had to outrun cold weather and a stellar field of competition to put on some strong efforts on the opening day of the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet. As a team, the Lady Rams totaled 18 points on the opening day of the meet and sent several qualifiers for the event finals on day two of the meet.
The Lady Rams opened the day with some strong efforts in field events with sophomore DaVona Dula posting a solid day in the women's shot put where she placed fourth in the event with a 38'1.5" (11.62m) throw. Junior Tajanel McNeil placed fifth in the women's long with a 17'11.5" (5.47m) jump.
It was on the track that the Lady Rams set up for a strong effort tomorrow as several sprinters qualifying for event finals. Both McNeil and freshman Jasmine Bonaparte qualified for the finals of the women's 100m hurdles with McNeil placing eighth with a 15.87 while Bonaparte placed sixth with a 15.22. Sophomore Raven Covington also continued her great season when she placed eighth in the women's 100m preliminaries with a 12.35. With the effort, she qualified for the event finals as well.
One of the highlights of the opening day was the performance of sophomore sprinter Raven Hamilton when she ran a 2:19.86 to in to qualify for the finals of the women's 800m run. Making her effort more impressive was the fact that it was onl the second time in her career that she had competed in the event.
The Lady Rams will return to action tomorrow when they compete on the final day of the 2014 CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet. For more information on Lady Rams track &f field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.