Meet: Father Diamond Invitational – Fairfax, Va. (George Mason University)

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The Short Story:
Juniors Kiara Porter and Jalessa Williams followed up their All-American seasons last spring with victories in their first showing of 2014 as the VCU women's track & field squad opener their indoor season at the Father Diamond Invitational. Porter's time of 1:13.54 not only won the 500-meter, but broke her own school record of 1:14.89, which she set at last year's Father Diamond Invite. Combined with the men's squad, VCU had 10 medal performances, an additional 14 performances among the top 8 scoring positions, and 10 new school all time 10 top performances on the day.

How It Happened:

  • Porter, who won 11 times in 2012-13, won the 500-meter with her school record-breaking time of 1:13.54.
  • Williams unleashed a throw of 49' 10  ½" in the weight throw to win the event.
  • Sophomore Briana Ratchford claimed second place in the shot put with a personal record of 40' 11 ¾". It was more than a foot better than her previous best.
  • Senior Megan Simpson also earned a second place medal with a personal record of 5'6" in the high jump. She cleared three inches more than her previous career best.
  • Junior Alexis Stroman opened her season with a third-place performance in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.73.
  • The 4x800 meter relay team of Brianna Krumholz, Ariel Briales, Emily Dyke and Niema Eaves finished second with a time of 9:39.49.
  • Freshman Christina Solomon started her VCU career with a top-10 all-time performance, clearing 5' 2 ¼" in the high jump, good for the 10th-best performance in school history.

What They're Saying

  • "I was pleased with our effort this weekend. After a tough week of training following the long holiday break, everyone gave it their absolute best. We still have lots of work to do but I like where we are." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "I wasn't expecting any PR's based on what we put them through in the weight room and on the track but some of them dug down deep and pulled out some extraordinary performance." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "For Kiara to come out and PR in the 500 by a second to start, win the event, and reset her school record is a great start to the season and hopefully points to more to come as we stay focused on putting money in the bank on our route to a strong finish again this year.Our throwers are working on adding to their technique in order to progress further into the season so to have them come out and show a continued ability to compete at a high level, as they learn new skills, is a great sign." – Head Coach Jon Riley

What's Ahead

  • The Rams are right back at it next weekend when they travel to the Hampton Invitational on Saturday, January 18.