RAMS WRAP UP INDOOR REGULAR SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE SHOWING AT THE ARMORY

Meet: Armory Collegiate Invitational
Location: The Armory – New York, N.Y.

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The Short Story:
Junior Kiara Porter continued her incredible indoor season with another record setting performance to lead the VCU women's track & field at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational. Porter and the Rams faced off against over 100 universities, including teams from every major conference, France and Canada. It was the strongest field that the Black & Gold have faced this year. Sophomore Brianna Krumholz and senior Niaimani Aduma also posted PRs on the weekend. 

How It Happened

  • Porter continued her outstanding performances on the year with a record setting performance on Saturday in the 200. In the prelims of the championship section, Porter clocked the sixth fastest time at 24.18 to qualify for the finals. After just a couple hours of rest, she returned in the finals to post a school record-setting 23.70 to finish second overall. Behind Porter in third place was former NCAA 400m indoor champion Diamond Dixon. Porter's time currently is tied for 17th in the country.
  • Freshman Christina Solomon continued her impressive debut season with the Rams with the second best jump of her career at 5' 5 ¼". The jump was strong enough to tie her for 3rd place in the Eastern Division high jump.
  • Krumholz recorded another big PR in the 1000 on Friday, this time dropping another four seconds off of her all time best when she crossed the line in 2:54.47. The time was just shy, by a half of a second, of the VCU school record of 2:54.07. She returned on Saturday to grab a top-20 finish in the 800, just missing her PR from last week with a time of 2:16.03.
  • Alexis Stroman continued her remarkable consistency that has kept her ranked as the top 60 hurdler in the Atlantic 10 all season. This time she ran 8.64 seconds in the prelims, a time that would have been the school record a week ago, and then returned with a 8.71 in the championship section finals.
  • Aduma recorded a PR in the 400 meter dash, dropping under 58 seconds for the first time indoors, with a time of 57.91. The time further strengthened Aduma as the seventh fastest runner in school history. She was joined in VCU's top 10 in the event this weekend by Jessica Ewing, who captured eighth all time with her run of 58.12 seconds and Imoni Anderson, who took 10th all time with a 58.33 finish.
  • Jaleesa Williams was 16th in the shot put championship amid a field that included many of the top-10 throwers in the country.
  • Freshman Shakiya Sheppard started her move up the all time top-10 list with her jump of 36' 10 ½" to secure the 10th spot.
  • The women's 4x4 team of Anderson, Qualitra Brown, Jazmine Wright and Ewing recorded another top-10 indoor time in school history finishing in 3:49.77.

Quotable

  • "There is not much more you can say about Kiara that hasn't already been said this year. She continues to give us the best of her ability every week and her placing and times show it. To have her best a former NCAA champion this week should be a huge confidence booster for her moving forward. We are very excited about her potential to qualify for the NCAA post season indoors and to lead our team to a trophy at the Atlantic 10 indoor championships in 2 weeks. Having athletes like Brianna, Alexis, Christina, and Jaleesa around her doing well and improving at this point should put us in a really great spot to compete towards our goals." – Head Coach Jon Riley

Up Next

  • VCU has two weeks off before returning to the track for the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships on February 22-23. The championships are hosted by the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

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