Rams claim CIAA Women's Track & Field title

April 28, 2017

Women's Track and Field CIAA ChampsFor the first time in school history, the Winston-Salem State Rams have 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 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 Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls, 136-144, and set the stage for a dramatic performance. With the championship on the line, WSSU freshman Ania Dawson 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, winning the women's high jump with a 5'1" (1.55m) jump, and senior Rachel Bonham matched her effort to earn a tie.

Rams senior Ty-Leah Hampton 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 Rams’ also placed third in the 4x100m relay with a 46.39.3. The championships were held on the campus of Bowie State University. 

WSSU’s women’s track has won nine CIAA championships over the past seven seasons. Previous titles were in cross country and indoor track. 

The Rams will compete at the Penn Relays, the Liberty Last Chance Meet and the Aggie Classic before the NCAAs. 

Check the WSSU Athletics website for more information.

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