Meet: Hampton Invitational – Hampton, Va.
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The Short Story: Freshman Emily Dyke had a breakthrough performance with two victories to lead the VCU women's track & field squad to 16 top-three performances at the Hampton Invitational this past weekend. Dyke won the mile with a PR and was part of a historic run by the victorious distance medley squad. Junior Kiara Porter won for the second time in two weeks, taking home gold in the 300-meters, while sophomore Briana Ratchford posted another PR in the shot put en route to a victory in the event. Christina Solomon, Megan Simpson and Shanita Glenn all cleared 5'3" in the high jump to tie for the top spot in that event.
- The women's distance medley relay was the star of the weekend, posting the third fastest time in school history at 12:11.55. Dyke and Porter teamed with Ariel Briales and Brianna Krumholz to run the VCU's fastest time in the event since 1998. The relay was highlighted by Porter's amazing come from behind second leg to put the team into first place and a breakout 1600 leg by Dyke.
- Dyke wasn't finished with her breakout weekend. She came back to win the mile in 5:17.78. The performance smashed her best ever high school 1600 PR of 5:32 and ranks her as the seventh-best mile performer in VCU history.
- Ratchford added another foot and a half to the one foot shot put PR she set last week in winning the shot put with a distance of 42'6.75" almost four feet further than second place. The throw continued to move her up the all time rankings where she now sits sixth all-time.
- Porter wasn't done after the DMR as she came back to win the collegiate section of the 300 in a time of 38.57 seconds.
- Alexis Stroman had a near record breaking performance in the 60 Hurdles with a time of 8.67, just 2 hundredths of a second off her school record.
- Solomon continued to improve her new top 10 mark from last week with a clearance of 5'3" to finish in a three-way tie for first place in the high jump with Simpson and Glenn.
- "We were excited by the performance of middle distance under classmen in the DMR today. This is an event we have some excitement for the future in as this young group continues to develop into the season and coming years." – Head Coach Jon Riley
- "Emily Dyke is a runner we believe has a lot of potential and is a name we think you will start to see regularly moving up the results and rankings. Coach Cook has done a phenomenal job of developing her this year and has big plans for the freshman moving forward." – Head Coach Jon Riley
- "Our sprinters have been training very hard since our return and continue to show great consistency as we use some of these early meets more as workouts. Kiara continues to show she is in great form early this year as we continue to ease her back into competition." – Head Coach Jon Riley
- "Briana Ratchford is quickly turning into a strong presence in the shot put on our team and in the conference. To see her continue to add whole feet to her already improved mark from last week was an added bonus from our field event performances this week." – Head Coach Jon Riley
- The Rams are back in action next weekend when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to compete at the Hokie Invitational.