Rams Claim 2017 CIAA Women's Track & Field Championship

BOWIE, MD – For the first time in school history, the Winston-Salem State Rams claimed the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship.  The sport of track and field turned out to be a game of inches as the team had a pair of clutch performances in the women's  discus throw to clinch the team's first outdoor track & field championship.

After a day of thrilling competition, the Rams headed into the final event of the two-day meet trailing the Lady Golden Bulls, 136-144 and set the stage for a dramatic performance. With the championship on the line, it was WSSU freshman Ania Dawson who stepped up for the team with a 134" (40.84m) throw that earned a second place finish and earned eight points to tie the final score before senior Lyssa Wallace-O'Neal's eighth place finish sealed the championship with a 102'7" (31.26m) throw. Freshman Mikel Franklin also added some impressive performances in field events when she won the women's high jump with a 5'1" (1.55m) jump while senior Rachel Bonham matched her effort to earn a tie.

The Rams also had some stellar performances on the track with senior Ty-Leah Hampton having a great performance. She won the women's 200m dash with a 24.06 as well as the women's 100m dash with an 11.65. She wasn't alone in the women's 100m dash as freshman Kayla Foy placed second in the event with an 11.99. The Ram's 4x100m relay also had a great day when the placed third in the event with a 46.39.

The work is not done for the Rams as the team will return to action next weekend when the team takes part in the 123rd Penn Relays. 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.