Meet: VT Hokie Invitational
Location: Rector Field House – Blacksburg, Va.
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The Short Story: Junior Kiara Porter continues to shine for the VCU women's track & field squad who continued to impress with another solid showing at this weekend's Hokie Invitational. Facing off against five ACC teams, 1 SEC team and some of the best programs in the Southeast, the Rams posted 12 top-10 performances, including two victories, both by Porter. Porter took home the top spot in the 200 and 300.
- Porter continued her stellar start to the year with a win on Friday night in the 300 in a time of 37.92 setting a school record as the first Ram under 38 seconds. In winning the event, she beat Haitian Olympian and former All-American Marlena Wesh.
- Porter returned to the track on Saturday to win the 200 in a time of 24.03, just missing her personal best by three-hundredths of a second. She wasn't finished for the weekend though, as she came back later to team up with Niaimani Aduma, Jazmine Wright, and Nicole Grasty to take third place in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:48.63, a top-five time at VCU.
- Alexis Stroman came out of the prelims in the 60 Hurdles with the second fastest time of 8.69 seconds. She ended up 5th in the finals with a slightly slower time of 8.71. Both times were again only a few hundredths of a second off of Stroman's school record.
- Jaleesa Williams broke the ice with the shot put for the season with a 6th place performance in the event. Her mark of 44'5.5" is one she will look to further in coming weeks.
- Freshman Christina Solomon continues to clear new heights with her high jumping. For the third week in a row she has improved and moved up the school all time list. This time her clearance of 5'3.75" got her 10th place in the meet and moved her into a tie for 5th all time at VCU.
- Emily Dyke continued her move up the VCU all time rankings with her clocking of 5:14.89 in the mile. The time moved her up one more spot to 6th all time for the rams.
- Carina Peter jumped her way into a couple of top 10 finishes in the long jump and triple jump. She finished 8th in the long and 9th in the triple. Her performance in the triple jump was just 3 centimeters off of her all time best in the event.
- The 1000 meter race saw a couple of rams set personal bests with Briana Krumholz breaking 3 minutes for the first time with a time of 2:58.80 and Ariel Briales dropping under 3:05 her first time with a 3:04.37 performance.
- The DMR team of Briales, Qualitra Brown, Krumholz, and Dyke again notched a top 5 all time performance at VCU. This time with a time of 12:26.47 to finish in 6th place.
- The B 4x4 relay team of Jessica Ewing, Imoni Anderson, Verna Hilaire-Lee, and Amethyst Polk finished 9th overall with a time of 3:56.74 which also ranks in the top 10 in school history.
- "Kiara and Alexis continues to shine every time they steps onto the track this season. Every performance they put forth is of a high level and exceeds what they have done in the past this early in the season. Their consistency early this season bodes well for the future. We know from the past that when athletes are consistently running just at there all-time bests week in and week out that they are just the right race away from having a huge breakout performance. Many of our young athletes continue to improve into strong performers and our upperclassmen are making strides to get better. We have a long way to go still and will look to use the next two weeks of competition to continue our progress as we move towards the conference championship in Rhode Island." - Head Coach Jon Riley
- The Rams will split up next week with some of the team traveling to the Penn State Invitational and others traveling to the Patriot Games at George Mason. Both meets will be held on Saturday, February 1st.