April 16, 2007
The News Argus
WSSU shows its stuff at
2007 Wake Forest Open
Steven J. Gaither
Both men's and women's
track and field teams recently-
finished the Wake Forest Open
Track & Field meet with strong
performances for Winston-
Salem State University.
"I am so proud of our kids.
They really showed up this
weekend," said WSSU track
and field head coach Halcyon
"Yesterday, Gerrod [Sidbury]
started us off running as awe
some as he did, but today had
to go to the women."
The women's 4x400m relay
team highlighted the day, fin
ishing eleventh out of 24 teams
in a time of 3:57.50. The time
qualified the Rams to compete
in the event at the Penn Relays.
"The women's 4x400m relay
team came back today and
really set it off," Blake added.
"Every leg was fantastic."
The women had some great
performances both on the track
and in the field events.
Freshman Jessica Peaks had the
best individual finish at the
meet, finishing third in section
Photo by Steven J. Gaither
WSSU athletes earned high marks at Wake Forest Open.
B of the women's high jump
with a height of 5'3" (1.60m),
just 3 inches shy of the winner.
Junior Irene JeptolO finished
eleventh in the women's
3000m steeplechase with a
time of 11:30.74. She also had a
great finish in the women's
3000m run with a time of
The men's 4x400m relay
team had one of its best per
formances of the season, finish
ing eighth in the event in a
time of 3:15.31, leaving teams
from Howard, Appalachian
State, Western Carolina, and
Coastal Carolina. The men's
4xl00m relay team finished
thirteenth in the event in a
time of 00:42.95.
The Rams sprinters per
formed well on the second day
of the meet, with sophomore
Richard Marcellus finishing
23rd in the men's 200m dash in
a time of 00:22:03. Fellow soph
omore sprinter Brock Bynum
was also solid, finishing 28th
in a time of 00:22.16.
The News Argus
A group of coaches within the
National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) is trying to
expand the NCAA's ban of predeter
mined sports championship games in
South Carolina and Mississippi.
The NAACP has worked to have the
Confederate flag removed from the
Capitol dome in South Carolina;
though removed from its position on
the Capitol building, it is now flying in
front of the edifice.
This controversy over the flag's pres
ence led to the initial ban of basketball
regionals and cross-country champi
onships. Now, the Black Coaches
Association (BCA) is lobbying for an
expansion of the ban to cover other
sports such as baseball and football.
Baseball, a prized collegiate sport in
South Carolina, is a major focus and
would be a huge blow to the colleges
that profit from the sport.
Floyd Keith, a member of the Black
Coaches Association, recently protested
the hiring of Steve Spurrier as head
football coach at the University of
South Carolina. A day after former
coach Lou Holtz resigned from the
position, Keith gave the school a failing
grade when it came to finding a succes
sor. Keith said he has seen little
progress. In light of the state's unwill
ingness to remove the Confederate flag
from State House grounds, the NCAA's
moratorium on awarding predeter
mined postseason events remains in
"You can use any explanation you
want for displaying the flag, but that
flag is a bad symbol," Keith told The
Charlotte Observer. "We know what
we're dealing with so we'll continue to
voice our opinion on it."
According to an article in USA Today,
The NAACP has marched and protest
ed at several sports events since the
ban, including the 2002 NCAA basket
ball regional at the Bi-Lo Center in
Greenville, the WTA's Family Circle
Cup in Charleston, and the PGA Tour's
Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head. New
arenas such as the University of South
Carolina's 5-year-old, 18,000-seat
Colonial Center lost a bid for an NCAA
basketball regional because of the ban,
former athletic director Mike McGee
told USA Today. The Rev. Joseph Darby,
vice president of Charleston's NAACP
chapter and a former officer at the state
level, says it's appropriate for the BCA
and NCAA to raise questions about the
flag because of the number of blacks
who participate in college and pro
Michael Miller, a WSSU jurtior and
native of Columbia, S.C., said, "The
flag is a symbol of oppression, no mat
ter the circumstance; and if the actions
taken are what is needed for change,
then so be it."
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