CARY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams men's and women's cross country teams had some great performances at their favorite venue, Saturday morning when the women's team had four top-20 finishers at the annual Robert Shumake/HBCU Challenge at the Grand American Cross Country Festival. WSSU sophomore Domtilla Kiplagat and senior Fawzia Kheir both led the way for the Rams when the duo broke the 20-minute barrier for the first time this season.
The terrific performances by Kiplagat and Kheir were a part of a great overall team effort by the Rams with four WSSU runners placing in the top 20 in the women's 5K run. As at team, the Rams placed third at the meet and topped all NCAA Division II programs that competed. Kiplagat set the tone for the Rams when she placed fifth at the meet with a season-best 19:27.1 while Kheir had a personal record 19:45.6 to place seventh. WSSU senior Micalyne Zimmerman placed 19th with a 21:30.8 while senior Taska Johnson added a 20th place finish with a 21:35.1.
The Rams men's cross country team also had a great effort at the meet in the men's 8K run. WSSU junior Harold Blakely led the way for the Rams when he placed 58th with a 31:33.8 at the meet. Fellow junior Julian Massey added a 33:22.0. Junior Kadeem Sherrill rounded out the top three performers for the Rams with a 36:20.0 to place 96th.
The Rams men's and women's cross country teams will return action next Saturday when the teams head to Richmond, Va. to take part in the Panther Invitational hosted by Virginia Union University. For more information on Rams cross country, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.