Event: Mason Invitational (Fairfax, Va.)

The Short Story: With the Atlantic 10 Championships less than a month away, the VCU track & field squads focused on the technical side of things when posting a solid showing at the talent-laden Mason Invitational. Sophomore Kiara Porter was one of six different Rams to post a personal best on the weekend, clocking in at 11.74 in the 100-meter dash, good for third in the event, the best finish for the Black & Gold at the meet.

Full Results from the Mason Invitational

How It Happened

  • Porter posted VCU's best finish of the day with the third-place showing in the 100m. Her time of 11.74 was a personal best and currently ranks in the top-50 in the East Region. Porter now has top-50 East Region times in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
  • Freshman Verna Hilaire-Lee posted a PR in the 200-meter with a time of 24.58, which also ranks eighth on VCU's top-10 200m list.
  • Sophomore Amethyst Polk also PR'd in the 200m, clocking in right behind her teammate Hilaire-Lee with a time of 24.76, which is ninth on VCU's top-10 200m list. Classmate Nicole Grasty stopped the clock in a season best, 24.86, in the 200.
  • Sophomore Jazmine Wright ran the 400-meter hurdles for the first time in her life and clocked in at 1:07.15, which is the eighth-fastest time in program history.
  • On the men's side, sophomore Tehquin Warrick clocked a season best in the 200-meter with a time of 21.95. It was the best time posted in the 200 by any Ram this spring.
  • Freshman Desmond Smallwood posted a PR in the 100-meter with a time of 10.90. It was the best time posted in the 100 by any Ram this spring.
  • Senior Luke Thomason unleashed a throw of 14.51m (47' 7 1/4") in the shot put, which was a personal best and the second best toss on the squad this spring.

What They're Saying

  • "This was a good meet for the staff and I to polish some of the technical components while competing against quality competition. We made positive strides this weekend and look to continue to get better in the weeks to come." - Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "Kiara had a slow reaction out of the blocks in the 100, but still managed to take third and post a PR. She's incredibly talented and will have a great career if she continues to work hard." - Riley
  • "Desmond is still making the transition to the college level, but he's coming along, slowly but surely with another solid showing this weekend." - Riley

Up Next

  • VCU splits up the squad next weekend with some members heading to the Vanderbilt Invitational, while others will head to the CNU Captains Classic.

Rams Volunteer at The Color Run
September 18, 2012 Rams Volunteer at The Color Run