RICHMOND, Va. – When Head Coach Jon Riley and his staff took over the VCU women's track & field program in 2008, they slowly started to institute a culture change. Year after year, more success kept coming from personal bests to school records to All-Americans.

Now, the Rams have taken to new heights, earning the first top-15 regional ranking in program history. VCU's score of 62.76 came in at #15 in this week's USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings.

"This group of talented student-athletes is continuing to find their way. We know their potential and are always trying to get them to compete at their highest levels," Riley said. "Finally cracking the top-15 in the region is a big accomplishment for this program. I see us continuing to climb up the regional and national rankings, but what's more important is the student-athletes must believe they can be regionally and nationally competitive"

The regional team index uses data provided by TFRRS for only the 2013-14 indoor season and is a reflection of a team's all-around strength. The regional team index is scored using the current national-team ranking formula as if there were separate regional championships across the country.

At last week's Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, the Rams won five individuals led by Kiara Porter's victories in the 60m, 200m and 400m. Junior Alexis Stroman set a A-10 record in the 60-meter hurdles in her victory and senior Jaleesa Williams took home the top spot in the shot put.