Cross Country Teams Finish Strong
The WSSU Women’s Cross Country team had an impressive showing in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational held at Rock Hill, S.C. The Rams finished seventh overall, including first among Division II schools and first among HBCU schools.
Freshman Tiarra Smith led the Rams, finishing with a time of 21:50.55 in the 5,000-meter race. Sophomore Vanessa Jones was a close second, finishing the course in 22:10.55.
Rounding out the top five for WSSU were freshman Tinasia Davis (23:52.08), senior Tamia McLean (23:55.42) and sophomore Raven Ferrell (23:56.08).
The Rams’ 183 points outpaced CIAA rivals Claflin with 283 points and Johnson C. Smith with 293 points. WSSU’s top five finished the course ahead of all competitors from Claflin and Smith.
Graduate student Amique Willis completed the course in 25:46.05 for a sixth-place finish for WSSU. Close behind was junior Elizabeth Chukwuezi with a time of 25:50.07. Wynter Stample, competing in her first meet for the Rams, finished with a time of 27:41.62.
Sophomore Dajhon Prince was the top finisher for the WSSU men in the 8K race. His time was 39:18.83.
Interim Coach Antonio Wells was excited about the women’s finish. “We ran really well,” he said. “We have two freshmen and three sophomores who didn’t get a chance to run last year so it’s like having five freshmen.’
The two-week layoff since the Rams first meet was not a concern for Wells. “I wanted to get that meet in early,” he said. “I wanted them to come back and understand about training.”
Next up for the Rams is the Greensboro Invitational at Hagan Stone Park on September 25.