SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There is only a select group of athletes that get to wear the threads of their home countries. The group that gets to do that on more than one occasion is even smaller.
Count junior Kiara Porter in the latter group after Porter earned a spot on the Team USA U-23 squad after her top-12 performance in the 400m at this weekend's USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
With her spot, Porter will race in the 2014 NACAC Championships in Kamloops, Canada in early August. The NACAC is a competition held every two years in conjunction with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association. There will be 31 countries represented at the event.
This will be the second time that the Yorktown, Va. native wore the red, white and blue after she was a part of the 4x400 meter relay squad at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
In only three seasons at VCU, Porter is a three-time All-American (two outdoor and one indoor), three-time Academic All-American, two time conference performer of the meet and record holder for every school sprints record, both indoor and outdoor.
The Yorktown, Va. will first lace them up in the 400m semifinals on Friday, August 8 at 7:45 p.m. EST.