Rams to compete before hometown crowd
The Winston-Salem State Women’s Track & Field duo of sophomore sprinter Raven Covington and junior jumper Tajanel McNeil was selected to compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet for the second straight year.
The 2014 meet will be held March 14-15 in Winston-Salem at the DL Fast Track.
The two speedsters were among the field of 270 women selected to compete in the championships. Covington earned the chance to compete in the women’s 60m dash by virtue of running a season-best 7.61 at the NCAA D-2 Challenge in Geneva, Ohio. For her efforts, she will enter the meet as the 10th seed. She is a provisional qualifier for the meet.
McNeil will head into the meet as one of the frontrunners in the women’s long and triple jumps. She will enter the long jump as the fourth seed after her 19’6.25” (5.95m) leap at the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championship. She will enter the women’s triple jump with a sixth seed on the strength of her 40’5.5” (12.33m) leap at the NCAA D-2 Challenge in Geneva. Both efforts were automatic qualifying performances.
The duo were also named last week as members of the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II All-Region team. The honors go to the five top performers in each event from each region.