DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Kiara Porter concluded her spectacular 2013 season with a 52.54 second run, placing 14th, in the 400-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Championships on Friday night.
"Kiara had an unbelievable season," VCU Head Coach Jon Riley said. I'm so proud of her accomplishments this year. She is a joy to coach. I'm not surprised by her accomplishments during the regular season, but her post-season accomplishments were unbelievable. To do what she did without her support group (athletic trainer, massage therapist) on hand was remarkable. Asking her to run lifetime bests weekend after weekend with all the travel and training involved was no easy task. Her toughness, tenacity and hard work got her through this post season."
Competing against the best in the country, Porter qualified for the semifinals with a time of 52.44 seconds in Thursday's opening round.
The Yorktown, Va. native earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, as she qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter earlier this month. Porter was the Atlantic 10's Most Outstanding Performer after taking home gold in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay in May.
Porter became the first-ever VCU Track and Field athlete to compete in the USA Track and Field Championship when she ran a school record 52.33 seconds in the 400-meter at the NCAA East Regionals.