February 23, 2014

PORTER, RAMS SET ATLANTIC 10 HISTORY EN ROUTE TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH

Meet: Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships
Location: Mackal Field House – Kingston, R.I.

Results: Full Results – Click Here

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The Short Story: Juniors Kiara Porter and Alexis Stroman made Atlantic 10 history with record breaking times to lead the VCU women's track & field team to a fourth-place overall finish at the A-10 Indoor Championships. Porter won the 60m, 200m and 400m at the meet, including a school record and A-10 record time in the 60. Stroman blistered the track en route to a win and meet record in the 60-meter hurdles. Senior Jalessa Williams scored the most points of any field athlete at the meet with a victory in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw.

How It Happened
  • In the span of two days, Porter lined up in six races and won them all. She broke the school record and tied the meet and facility record in the 60-meter with a time of 7.46. She also won the 400-meter with a time of 54.63 and the 200-meter with a time of 24.30. That was all in the span of an hour.
  • Williams finished her indoor career with class and style. She scored the most points of any field athlete in the meet. With a toss of 48' ½" in the shot put, Williams took home the top spot in the event. She also broke a school record in the weight throw with a mark of 58' 2 ½", good for second place and eight more points for the Rams.
  • Stroman broke her own school record and set a new Atlantic 10 record with a time of 8.57, good for a victory in the 60-meter hurdles.
  • Sophomore Jessica Ewing scored in two events for the Rams, including a second-place finish and a PR in the 200-meter with a time of 24.66. She also scored in the 60m with a time of 7.79, good for sixth place.
  • Sophomore Briana Ratchford set a three-foot PR in the shot put with a toss of 45' 3 ½", good for third place and six points for the Black & Gold.
  • Sophomore Brianna Krumholz finished fifth in the 1000-meter with a time of 2:59.74.
  • Sophomore Carina Peter scored in both triple and long jumps. Peter finished sixth in the long jump (18' 1 ½") and seventh in the triple jump (37' 11 ¼").
  • Freshman De'Nisha Smith finished seventh in both the pentathlon (3287 points) and long jump (18' ¼")
Quotables
  • "Not the overall outcome we were looking for but we gave it all we had and came up short for the team title. In a conference of this caliber, it's hard to win team titles if you are not good in every event. We still have lots of work to do in a few areas. We had some bright spots. I tried my best to make a case for Porter and Williams as best track and Field athletes of the meet but two other deserving athletes on other teams won those awards." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "I had no doubt Kiara could easily win all 3 events and use this weekend not only to help the team score points but also to get her ready for the NCAA Indoor Championships. This weekend will pay huge dividends in preparation for Nationals pending we get in." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "I'm so proud of Jaleesa. She's everything a coach would want in an athlete, great competitor and an even better person. She finished her VCU indoor career on top." – Head Coach Jon Riley
Up Next
  • The Rams return to the track this upcoming weekend when they head to the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2.  

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