Rams Lead After First Day of CIAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships

BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Rams had some impressive performances on the opening day of the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Track & Field Championship Meet. The Rams totaled 48 points to jump into first place at the meet, three points ahead of #2 Johnson C. Smith.

The bulk of the Rams' day one points came in field events with some running events scoring on the opening day. Senior thrower Lyssa Wallace-O'Neal led the way with a third place finish in the women's shot put. She threw a 13.06m toss to score for the Rams. The Rams also had a great performance in the women's long jump where sophomore Jenele Terry placed fourth with a 5.14m jump. Senior Rachel Bonham added a fifth place finish with a 5.06m leap while fellow senior Akenah Cherry added a sixth place finish at 5.04m.

The Rams also had some scoring on the track. Junior Domtilla Kiplagat placed second in the women's 3000m run with an 11:26.51 while senior Taska Johnson placed second in the women's 1500m run with a 4:51.85.

In addition to scoring, the Rams put themselves in prime position for tomorrow's finals with several qualifiers for event finals tomorrow. Senior Ty-Leah Hampton led the way, winning the preliminaries of the women's 100m dash and the women's 200m dash. She ran an 11.74, an NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field provisional qualifying time. She won the women's 200m dash with a 23.70, also an NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field provisional qualifying time. Joining her in the two events will be freshman Kayla Foy, who qualified for both events. Senior Taska Johnson also qualified for the women's 800m run, placing third in the event preliminaries.

The Rams will return to action tomorrow to complete the meet on the campus of Bowie State University. Field events are set for a 9:00 a.m. start while running events are set for a 1:00 p.m. 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