EUGENE, Oregon – For the first time in 15 years and only second time ever, VCU Track & Field stepped on the podium at the NCAA Championships.
Junior Kiara Porter earned First-Team All-American honors with her eighth place finish in the 400-meter dash. It's the first ever First-Team All-American honors earned by a VCU sprinter.
In one of the fastest 400m finals in NCAA history, Porter crossed the line in 52.80. Texas' Courtney Okolo took the crown with a time of 50.23.
"Being on the podium was a goal I had ever since last year at NCAAs. While my time wasn't the greatest, the experience is something I will hold on to forever," Porter said.
The Yorktown, Va. native has now earned three All-American honors (2013 Outdoors, 2014 Indoors and 2014 Outdoors), the second most in VCU Track & Field history next to Maria Elena Calle, who earned All-American status four times.
"Tonight was a nice conclusion to Kiara's season with an eighth place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships. I am so proud of her. She ran in one of the fastest 400m NCAA finals and gave it her all," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "Kiara became the first All American to score at the NCAA Championships for me as a Head Coach and that's something I will never forget. Both Jaleesa and Kiara had great conclusions to their collegiate season and now it's time to focus on the USA Track & Field Championships."