Rams Compete Against Best in the Nation at Penn State National Invitational

MEET: Penn State National Invitational (State College, Pa.)

THE BASICS: Memebers of the VCU Men's and Women's Track team took on some of the best competition in the country at the Penn State National Invitational over the weekend. Sophomores Kiara Porter and Alexis Stroman each set school records help pace the Rams.


  • Porter set the school record in the 400m and finished second only behind Olympian Shana Cox. Porter set a school and personal-best time of 53.43. The 53.43 was nearly a second faster than the previous mark.
  • In the women's 60m dash senior Dionna Hayes finished in sixth place with a time of 7.50. The time was just two tenths of a second off of her school record, and was the fastest time for her since a hamstring injury sidelined her last year.
  • Junior Jaleesa Williams placed sixth in the weight throw for the Rams. Williams threw a personal-best of 17.47m.
  • In the prelims of the 60m hurdles, Stroman broke her own school record with a time of 8.65.
  • Junior Chantal Luedeke and freshman Verna Hilaire-Lee each set personal records on day one of the event. Luedeke ran a 8.85 in the 60m hurdles, while Hilaire-Lee set her PR with a 7.79 in the 60m.
  • On day two, Hilaire- Lee finished ninth in the 200m and set a new personal record with a time of 25.04.
  • Junior Erin Geraghty set a PR in the 1000m with a time of 3:03.07.
  • In the men's weight throw, sophomores Ryan Coles and Brandon Ruffin each set new personal records. Coles threw a 14.87m, while Ruffin's toss was 16.18m.
  • Senior Dominic Costanzo finished ninth in the 400m with a time of 49.77.
  • In the 800m, senior Alex Hinton placed ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:54.91.  
  • Senior Kyle Sipple won the men's 600m race with a time of 1:21.69.
  • Ruffin placed fifth in the shot put on day two of competition. The Chesapeake, Va. native best throw was a 8.25m.

"I was impressed with our performance today. All of our training seems to be coming along quite well. We still have some work to do, but I am pleased with our progress."
- VCU Track and Field Coach Jon Riley

The Rams will split up again next weekend and head to both the New Balance Invitational (Feb. 1-2) and UNC Invitational (Feb. 2).

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