Lady Rams Take First Place at NCAA Division II Challenge Hosted by SPIRE Institute

GENEVA, OHIO – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams had a stellar weekend at the NCAA Division II Challenge hosted by the SPIRE Institute. The Lady Rams took first place at the two-day meet with 165 total points to take the win over 11 other NCAA Division II teams.

The Lady Rams saw some great performances on the track with both their sprints and distance performers stepping up their efforts. The Lady Rams kicked things off when they dominated the 60m dash with the three top finishes in the event. Junior sprinter Raven Covington led the way with a 7.58 to take first place in the event while sophomore Ty-Leah Hampton finished second with a 7.71 and senior Nya Michaux added a 7.75. The Lady Rams also had a strong performance in the women's 200m run when senior Nya Michaux won the event with a 24.77, and NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time. Hampton added a 24.82, also provisional qualifying time. The Lady Rams' 4x400m relay team rounded out the effort when they won the event with a 3:53.58.

The Lady Rams' distance runners also had a stellar day as well as they matched the sprinters' efforts at every turn. The Lady Rams' distance medley relay set the tone for the team with a first place finish in the event. The team finished with a 12:13.50 in the event. Not to be outdone, the Lady Rams' distance runners also matched the sprinters when they took the three top finishes in the women's 800m run. Sophomore Tametris Morrison won the event with a 2:16.64 while fellow sophomore Raven Hamilton added a second place finish with a 2:17.34 while junior Micaylne Zimmerman added a third-place finish with a 2:18.43. Freshman Domtilla Kipsaget added a second place finish in the women's 1 mile run with a 5:07.01.

With some stellar efforts on the track, the Lady Rams also turned their efforts to the field events where they had some stellar efforts as well. The Lady Rams dominated the women's long jump with Covington taking first place with an 18'00.25" (5.49m) jump. She was followed by senior Tajanel McNeil who placed second with a 17'11.50" (5.47m) jump. McNeil followed up the effort when she won the women's triple jump with a 39'11.50" (12.18m) leap, an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. Senior shot putter DuVona Dula also had a great day when she placed third in the shot put with a 38'11.0" (11.86m) in the event.

The effort will provide some great momentum for the Lady Rams who will host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. For more information on Lady Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.