MEET: Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championship (Charlotte, N.C. – Irwin Belk Track and Field Center)
THE BASICS: After taking home gold in six different events, the VCU Women's Track & Field squad earned a top-three finish at its first ever appearance at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships. It was the third straight top-three finish at a conference championship meet for the Rams (second at last year's CAA Outdoor meet, third at A-10 Indoor meet). Sophomore Kiara Porter led the Black & Gold with four titles on the day (200-meter, 400-meter, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay). For her efforts, she was named the Most Outstanding Performer.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Dionna Hayes won the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 11.84 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Grasty ran a time of 12.23 seconds, placing seventh.
- In the 200-meter race, sophomore Kiara Porter took home the gold. She ran a time 24.07 seconds, winning the race.
- Porter won the 400-meter race as well for VCU. The Yorktown, Va. native paced the field with a time of 53.61 seconds.
- Junior Alexis Stroman placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, running a time of 14.34 seconds.
- The 4x100-meter relay team of Hayes, Porter, Stroman and Grasty won the race, posting a time of 45.78 seconds.
- The story was the same in the 4x400-meter relay as juniors Amethyst Polk, Niaimani Aduma, and Jazmine Wright, along with Porter won the event with a time of 3:44.09.
- In the triple jump, sophomore Chaneka Perry placed seventh with a score of 11.67-meters. Right behind Perry was, freshman Carina Peter placed eighth in with a leap of 11.52-meters.
- Junior Jaleesa Williams finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 13.21 meters.
- "The women had a great showing this weekend. They put all their chips on the table and earned quit a few metals. We scored quality points in only a few events but still managed to pull out a top 3 finish. We will lose 4 valuable seniors who combined to score 12 points this weekend. We will return a battle tested group of athletes hungry for an A10 Crown." - Head Coach Jon Riley
- "I commend all coaches and teams for adjusting to a rolling time schedule due to bad weather. I am especially proud of Kiara Porter for being a true champion and sucking it up for the team. She ran and won 4 grueling races with a shorten time schedule. That was very impressive considering the competition and the conditions. What she did this weekend can not be expressed on paper, you had to witness her efforts to really appreciate what she accomplished." - Riley
The VCU Track and Field team will compete ECAC/IC4A event will be held May 11-12 in Princeton, N.J.