MOUNT OLIVE, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams track & field team continued to show some tremendous growth with an impressive performance at the Adidas Trojan Challenge hosted by the University of Mount Olive. The team displayed some steady improvements in every facet during the meet and showed a lot of potential in what's to come.
"Each meet, we celebrate small victories, such as being injury and COVID-19 free," WSSU track & field head coach KayMarie Jones said. "This weekend's mission was simple - compete!"
The highlight of the meet came in the field events where the Rams had some terrific performances. WSSU sophomore Kennedy Alexander led the way for the team when she won the women's high jump in dramatic fashion. The won the event in a four-way jump off that saw her prevail over three jumpers from NCAA Division I foe, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She recorded a 1.65m jump to claim the title. The Rams throwers were impressive as well with several personal bests among the group. Freshman Asia Lampe had a great performance when she placed sixth in the women's shot put. She recorded an 11.77m throw to lead the Rams. Senior Ashley Taylor added a ninth place finish in the event with a 10.83m throw. Taylor also had a strong performance in the women's discus throw when she placed fifth in the women's discus throw with a personal best 38.41m. Lampe added an eighth place finish in the event with a 33.34m throw while sophomore Alyssa Farmer added a ninth place finish with a 33.05m throw. "We could not be more proud of our Rams," Jones added.
On the track, the Rams continued to be impressive with some terrific efforts. Sophomore Raven Haston continued to improve this season and here efforts are paying off. She placed seventh in the women's 100m dash with a 12.72 after running a 12.54 in the preliminary round of the event. Freshman Wynter Stample continued her terrific start to her career when she placed 11th in the women's 400m dash with a 1:02.9. The Rams also saw a great pair of performances in the women's 800m run. Senior Tamia McLean continued to make a great showing with a sixth place finish with a 2:30.28. Freshman Vanessa Jones also had a great effort when she placed 15th with a 2:39.73. The Rams hurdlers were also able to see a solid return to competition with freshman Essence Newkirk leading the way. She placed fourth with a 15.66 while senior Amique Willis placed fifth with a 15.71.
The Rams will look to continue to show their improvements when the team heads to nearby High Point, N.C. to take part in the VertKlasse Meeting on Thursday and Friday. For more information on Rams track & field, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.