BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Rams totaled 26 points to rank third after day one of the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Saturday. The Rams had some solid performances on opening day of the two-day meet as they look to repeat as CIAA champions.
The Rams' middle distance runners had an especially strong day with several qualifiers for tomorrow's finals and a top-three finals finish. Freshman Zakyrah Haynie placed third in the women's 1500m run at 5:01.57. Haynie also placed second in the preliminaries of the women's 800m run at 2:25.7. Imani Williams qualified for the women's 400m finals with a 57.82 to place seventh in the preliminaries. Sophomore Qizeah Jackson qualified for the women's 100m finals with a third place finish in the event at 12.47.
In field events, senior shot putter Lyssa Wallace-O'Neal placed fourth in the women's shot put with a 41'8.73" (12.72m) throw. Sophomore Bria Mercer placed fifth in the women's long jump with a 16'11.5" (5.17m) jump.
As a team, the Rams totaled 26 points to rank third in the standings. The team trails the second place Shaw Bears by four points. The Rams will return to action tomorrow. 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.