May 4, 2014
RAMS CLAIM TOP-THREE FINISH BEHIND SIX INDIVIDUAL TITLES AT ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Event: 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship
- Location: UMass Track & Field Complex – Amherst, Mass.
- Results: Click Here
- The Short Story: Senior Jaleesa Williams and junior Kiara Porter earned Most Outstanding Performer Awards to highlight a great showing by VCU women's track & field at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Rams finished third for the second straight year. It marks the third straight year that the Black & Gold have finished in the top three at the outdoor conference meet. Williams broke three school records en route to 28 points for the Rams, while Porter was a part of three gold medals and a silver medal at the meet.
- Porter was a part of 38 points for the Rams, defending her crowns in both the 200-meter (23.89) and 400-meter (53.55). She also ran the anchor leg of the gold-medal winning 4x100 meter relay (45.88), which included Qualitra Brown and sophomores Jessica Ewing and Verna Hilaire-Lee. Porter also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 meter relay which finished second with a time of 3:45.55. She teamed with senior Niaimani Aduma, sophomore Brianna Krumholz and freshman Imoni Anderson.
- Williams literally rewrote the VCU record books with three record-breaking throws en route to the Most Outstanding Field Athlete Award. She started on Saturday with her second place showing in the hammer. On Saturday, she earned gold in the shot put, breaking her own school record with a throw of 48' 3 ¼". She followed that up with a huge throw of 175' 3", good for another gold medal and the school and Atlantic 10 meet record.
- Ewing marked the second straight year that VCU has claimed gold in the 100-meter. She bested the field with a time of 11.92. She also scored in the 200-meter, finishing seventh with a time of 24.90.
- Brown had a nice weekend for the Black & Gold as well, finishing fifth in both the 100-meter (12.16) and 200-meter (23.74), as well as running the first leg of the gold-medal winning 4x100 meter relay.
- In addition to earning silver as part of the 4x400 relay, Krumholz set a school record in the 800-meter with her time of 2:11.40 in Saturday's prelims. She came back on Sunday to score points with her seventh place showing in the event.
- Junior Alexis Stroman earned a top-five finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.27.
- Freshman De'Nisha Smith earned a top-five finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.20.