Wells named head coach of track and field and cross country

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The Winston-Salem State Track and Field Department has announced that Antonio Wells is the head coach of the Rams’ cross country and track programs. Wells assumed the interim head coach title following the departure of KayMarie Jones last summer.

“It is with great honor that I have accepted the position of new head coach at Winston-Salem State University,” said Wells. “Thank you to everyone who has been in my area, especially the young men and women who call me coach.” Under Wells’ leadership as interim head coach, the WSSU women’s cross country team finished three points away from winning the 2021 CIAA Championship. Freshman Tiarra Smith was named athlete of the CIAA Cross Country of the Year.

Wells is extremely excited about the future of the Rams’ running programs. Five of the cross-country team were freshmen or sophomores. “I really believed they could all do what they did,” he said. “I was looking at the class that came in and the abilities of these young women. We had a hiccup in the championship, but I was extremely happy.” Wells says the success in cross country will continue in indoor track and field. “Cross Country will take care of everything from the 800 onwards,” he noted. “We’re going to be strong in the 800 and the jumps.

“We have a few stallions in the sprints,” continued Wells. “We have point getters and placers in every event.” Wells’ philosophy for the future of the Rams program is simple. “I want to make sure I am visible, especially at local events,” he explained. “Building a program takes a lot of care. You need to make sure that you are empowering student athletes to do well all of their time in school. He also wants to gain a national presence for the program. “I have to make sure I manage these young women where they perform and hit these marks. If we do that, it will all work out on its own. We are striving to have a presence at the national level. Next year, they will have a better idea of ​​what it takes to be at the regional and national levels. “


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