June 4, 2012

PORTER SET TO COMPETE IN 2012 USA JUNIOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

RICHMOND, Va. – Most people wouldn't be overly excited about spending part of their summer in Bloomington, Indiana.

That's not the case for rising sophomore Kiara Porter of the VCU women's track & field team, who will  head to Bloomington to compete in the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 15-17.  

The USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships bring together the cream of the crop of American junior athletes, which range from 14-19 years old.

Porter is coming off arguably the best freshman campaign in VCU women's track & field history, reaching the NCAA East Region Quarterfinals, finishing just hundredths of a second from a spot in the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter dash.

The Yorktown, Va. native broke the school record in the 400m with a time of 53.24, which came at the CAA Championship meet in a victorious effort in the event. She was just one of two freshmen in the East Region to compete in the preliminary rounds.

The meet will serve as a qualifier for this year's IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain from July 10th to July 15th.

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