RICHMOND, Va. – With each year, VCU women's track & field continues to reach new heights.

In the latest national rankings, the Rams vaulted 88 spots to #55 in the country, the highest ever achieved in school history. It's the highest since the Black & Gold earned a preseason outdoor ranking of #96 earlier this spring.

Helping the Rams to the school record ranking were top ten national performances by junior Kiara Porter and senior Jaleesa Williams

Porter's 51.72 400-meter dash time ranks eighth in the country, while Williams 57.97 meter discus throw ranks seventh in the country.  Both athletes broke their own school records with their individual performances.

Both Porter and Williams look to continue VCU's climb up the rankings June 11-14 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  Both athletes are making their second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.