BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Standing less than five feet tall and possessing a smile that could light up a room, it's tough to see rising sophomore Kiara Porter of the VCU women's track & field team as intimidating.
Don't ask her opponents that tough as Porter became the first Ram to ever earn a spot at on the USA Junior Track & Field squad with a record-breaking performance on Sunday afternoon.
Running in the finals of the 400-meter dash at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, the Yorktown, Va. native blistered the track for a school-record breaking time of 53.07. The time secured her a spot as a member of the USA Junior 4x400 meter relay squad that will participate in the IAAF World Junior Championships next month in Barcelona, Spain.
"Today's performance is still surreal to me," Porter said. "I came into the meet telling myself to trust my training and that's exactly what I did. The end result landed me with a big PR and a spot on the 4x4 USA World Junior team."
Porter broke her own school record that she set at the CAA Championship meet of 53.24, to go along with her indoor record in the 400m (54.35).
"Kiara had an amazing meet," VCU Head Coach Jon Riley said. "She ran a personal best and shattered her school record in the process. She has an incredible will to win. She was determined to be a part of the US Junior World team and that's exactly what she was able to accomplish."
The IAAF World Junior Championships will take place from July 10-15 in Barcelona.