KINGSTON, R.I. – Winning can be contagious. Proof can be seen through the VCU track & field programs.
Winning Stage 1: Two summers ago, then freshman Kiara Porter earned a spot in the IAAF World Junior Championships as part of the United State squad. That opportunity led to a gold medal on the 4x400 meter relay squad.
"Kiara's work ethic and track IQ takes this program to the next level. She's had quite a number of firsts in program history and the gold medal is really the one that stands out. Her success on and off the track motivates the younger athletes to achieve at the highest level," Head Coach Jon Riley said.
Winning Stage 2: Porter (400m) and teammate Jalessa Williams (discus) became the first pair of VCU track athletes to earn All-American honors in the same year.
"Jaleesa and Kiara reaching All American status are stories of hard work and development paying off. The entire team saw the work they put in throughout the season, so they all set goals, worked hard over the summer and came to fall training ready to go," Riley said.
Winning Stage 3: The Rams have taken down records and personal bests weekend after weekend during the 2014 indoor season. This weekend, VCU will take to the track looking to take that winning to a whole new level at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships.
"I'm not surprised by what this group has accomplished so far this year. Our student-athletes worked extremely hard all summer and fall to get where they are. Our coaches studied film, took continuing education courses, strength coaches used their wealth of knowledge to get them stronger and our trainer kept them healthy. When you have this type of support along with the hard work, it's a recipe for success," Riley said.
With the addition of George Mason, a traditional track & field power in the Mid-Atlantic, to the Atlantic 10, the road to a championship didn't get any easier.
"In order to win, we must have a team effort. We need points from every event group, so each individual must do their job in order for us to be successful," Riley said.
The Atlantic 10 has a rule that limits three athletes per event for each school, which prevents dominating one school from dominating one event area. That lends itself to the Rams, who have shown the ability to score in a multitude of areas this indoor season.
"It's very important that we be a complete team in order to stay in the mix in this conference. Being well rounded and good in multiple events give teams a better chance to win in this league. We have seen consistency from our veterans and steady growth from our newcomers. All we need them to do this weekend is perform at a level equal to their seasonal best," Riley said.
July 23, 2014 PORTER EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN HONOR
June 11, 2014 PORTER EARNS SPOT IN 400M FINALS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 8, 2014 RAMS REACH HIGHEST RANKING IN SCHOOL HISTORY
May 29, 2014 PORTER EARNS SPOT IN NCAA EAST QUARTERFINALS
May 29, 2014 QUARTET OF RAMS SET TO TAKE ON NCAA EAST PRELIMS
May 18, 2014 PORTER, RAMS POST FIRST-EVER TOP-10 SHOWING AT ECACs
May 16, 2014 PORTER EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-ATLANTIC 10 HONORS
April 21, 2014 SMITH TAKES HOME ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
April 19, 2014 PORTER, WILLIAMS HIGHLIGHT BUSY WEEKEND FOR RAMS
April 8, 2014 WILLIAMS NAMED ATLANTIC 10 CO-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
March 29, 2014 WILLIAMS, YOUNGSTERS SHINE AT FRED HARDY INVITATIONAL
March 24, 2014 BRIALES NAMED ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
March 15, 2014 PORTER CLAIMS SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
March 3, 2014 PORTER LOCKS UP SPOT AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 27, 2014 RAMS REACH HIGHEST REGIONAL RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY
February 23, 2014 PORTER, RAMS SET ATLANTIC 10 HISTORY EN ROUTE TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH
February 22, 2014 RAMS AIMING HIGH AT THIS WEEKEND’S ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 27, 2014 PORTER TAKES HOME SECOND ATLANTIC 10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONOR
January 25, 2014 PORTER CONTINUES TO SHINE AS RAMS IMPRESS AT HOKIE INVITATIONAL
January 13, 2014 PORTER NAMED ATLANTIC 10 CO-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
November 5, 2013 EIGHT IN-STATE MEETS HIGHLIGH 2014 VCU TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE
October 3, 2013 FOURTEEN NEW FACES JOIN WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD SQUAD