MEET: Atlantic 10 Championships (Kingston, R.I.)
THE BASICS: The VCU Women's track and field team placed third in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Track and Field Indoor Championships with 86.5 points. Charlotte claimed the A-10 title with 142.5 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Sophomore Kiara Porter continued her stellar VCU career by adding Atlantic 10 Champion to her accomplishments. Porter won the 400-meter race with a time of 54.98 seconds. The next closest finisher was two seconds behind Porter's pace.
- VCU had two strong performances in the 60-meter dash finals. Senior Dionna Hayes, who is still getting back to form after an injury, placed third with a time of 7.60 seconds, while freshman Verna Hilaire-Lee, unranked in the event, placed fifth with a run of 7.74 seconds.
- Porter placed second in the 200-meters. The Yorktown, Va. native finished just tenths of a second behind the champion with a time of 24.41 seconds.
- Junior Niaimani Aduma finished seventh in the 500-meter race, with a time of 1:17.88.
- In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Alexis Stroman finished fourth with a run of 8.71 seconds, while junior Chantal Luedeke placed sixth with a time of 8.92 seconds.
- The Rams' 4x400-meter relay team of Porter, Aduma, Nicole Grasty and Amethyst Polk placed fourth with a time of 3:52.87.
- Junior Megan Simpson placed ninth in the high jump. Simpson's best jump was 1.60-meters.
- VCU had three jumpers among the top 10 in the triple jump. Junior Chaneka Perry (12.01-meters) placed fourth, freshman Carina Peter (11.76-meters) placed sixth and senior Jennifer McAvoy (11.67-meters) placed ninth.
- Juniors Jessica Williams (14.16-meters) and Jaleesa Williams (14.13-meters) placed fourth and fifth, respectively in the shot put.
"We had a lot of athletes step up and hold their own in their first A10 Indoor Conference Championship. We knew going into the meet that Charlotte would be tough to dethrone, but I thought we could squeak out a second place finish. I'm a little disappointed we fell short, but I'm happy with our efforts. Our motto for this year is FINISH and we did not seem to have our legs at the end. The athletes really enjoyed the indoor championship and we look forward to improving for the second time around. We will go into Rhode Island next year with a better plan to succeed."
- Charlotte – 142.5
- Rhode Island – 89
- VCU -86.5
- Dayton – 76
- Richmond – 72
- Duquesne – 60
- Saint Louis – 55
- Temple – 52
- Butler – 39
- Fordham – 32
- La Salle – 24
- Massachusetts – 22.5
- Saint Joseph's -15
- Xavier – 12.5
The Rams will compete in the ECAC/IC4A Track and Field Championships in Boston, Mass. on March 1-2.