Meet: Penn State National Invitational/George Mason Patriot Games
Location: Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track – State College, Pa./George Mason Fieldhouse – Fairfax, Va.
The Short Story: Juniors Kiara Porter and Alexis Stroman both took down school records to lead the VCU women's track & field team to another impressive weekend as the Rams sent student-athletes to the Penn State National Invitational and the George Mason Patriot Games. Freshman Christina Solomon continued her week-by-week improvement and won the high jump at GMU with her fourth consecutive personal record.
How It Happened
At Penn State:
- Kiara Porter notched another individual gold medal on the season, continuing her streak to five individual victories in four weeks of competing. This week, she did so in winning the women's 400-meter dash invitational race among a stacked field of collegians and post collegians. Her time of 52.99 was nearly a half second improvement on her own school record and currently ranks her as the 4th fastest 400 meter runner in the country.
- Alexis Stroman continued her steadiness in the 60 Hurdles. She finished the preliminary round with a time of 8.68 seconds and then raced to a new school record of 8.61 in the semi finals. Her time ranked her as the ninth fastest collegian in the event but was not strong enough to make the final in a field with five post collegians competing.
- Jessica Ewing broke into the top-10 in school history at #6 with her eighth place finish in women's 200 with a time of 24.99.
- Niaimani Aduma took ninth place in the 500 with her second fastest time ever in the event of 1:17.43.
- Jaleesa Williams had two 10th place finishes on the weekend. On Friday night, she set a seasonal best in the weight throw with a distance of 50'1.5". She returned on Saturday in the shot put and missed the finals by 1 centimeter with her throw of 44'0.75".
- Brianna Krumholz completed her first indoor 800 for the rams in a time of 2:15.71. The time was the second fastest time she had ever run for the distance and ranks as the 4th fastest time at VCU.
- The women's 4x400 relay of Nicole Grasty, Imoni Anderson, Porter, and Aduma won their heat and had the second fastest time of the day in 3:46.57, the 3rd fastest time run in school history.
- The DMR team substituted in another 400 meter leg this week and the relay team of Ariel Briales, Anderson, Krumholz, and Emily Dyke teamed up for their third consecutive top 10 time at VCU, this time in 12:22.98.
At George Mason:
- Christina Solomon continued her quest to go higher and higher every week in the high jump. This week the freshman had her 4th consecutive PR for the rams, set her lifetime best, moved into 4th all time in school history, and won the event when she cleared 5'7.25."
- Sarah Fulgham also had a PR in the high jump with her clearance of 5'3.25" for 6th place. Megan Simpson also cleared 5'3.25" but was 8th after misses were accounted for.
- Niema Eaves took home a bronze medal after she notched the 3rd fastest time in the 800 on the day.
From Head Coach Jon Riley:
- Kiara had probably the most impressive performance of her career today leading the 400 from start to finish in a school record time. She has developed an impressive streak of victories that will be put to the test next week when we go to the Armory in New York City where we will face the deepest fields we will see all season. She is preparing to qualify for the NCAA indoor championships and we believe that this time will give her a great shot at doing so and the competition next week will give her an opportunity to face many of the competitors she will see at NCAAs when she qualifies.
- Alexis edged under her school record this weekend and continues to be a great force leading us in the hurdles. We know there is more to come as she continues to work on correcting a few technical errors.
- Christina is showing us why we worked so hard to get her here last year and that she will be a very dynamic jumper for us for years to come. The high jump is an event we want to make an impact in this year and it is great to see all of Coach Bristow's athlete's setting PRs and breaking into new territory each week.
- The women's team as a whole is showing a lot of improvement and hard work towards our goal of having a very strong finish at the conference meet. A number of athletes are stepping up in events we haven't traditionally been very strong in and our young athletes are developing into strong threats. We are very encouraged by those developments and our coaching staff is doing a phenomenal job preparing. We have 3 weeks remaining before championship competition and will use every opportunity we have in that time frame to improve and continue to make strides towards the finish line.
- The Rams will once again split up the squads next weekend sending competitors to the prestigious New Balance Invitational in New York as well as the Vince Brown Invite at Christopher Newport.