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.