RICHMOND, Va. – Last summer, sophomore Kiara Porter of the VCU women's track & field team got the privilege to don the red, white and blue at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Porter liked it so much, she's trying to do it again this summer as the Yorktown, Va. native secured a spot at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place on June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

"It was an honor to represent my country last summer and to have this incredible opportunity again this year is humbling," Porter said. "The NCAA race didn't go according to plan, but I'm already looking forward to how I can do better in Iowa in two weeks."

With her school-record breaking run of 52.33 in the 400-meter at the NCAA East Regional meet, Porter qualified for the USA Championships, which had a qualifying standard of 52.50.

"Kiara's having a tremendous spring and this is quite an honor and opportunity for her," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "We both learned a lot from the NCAA meet and we will use that experience in preparation for the USA Outdoor Championships."

Porter is the first-ever representative from VCU to earn a spot at the USA Outdoor Championships.

The 2013 Outdoor Track & Field Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships, which is slotted for August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia. It is also the final stop of the 2013 Outdoor USATF Championships Series. 

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