MEET: Navy Quad – Annapolis, Md.
THE BASICS: The VCU Women's Track and Field team continued to make positive strides at the Navy Quad on Saturday afternoon. In the dual scoring, the Rams had victories over Mount St. Mary's, Maryland-Eastern Shore, James Madison and Navy.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU sophomore Kiara Porter continued her record breaking VCU career. The Yorktown, Va. native broke the Wesley Brown Field House record with a 24.06 and won the 200m race. Porter's day didn't end there as she went on to set a personal record of 7.64 in the 60m dash.
- In the shot put, junior Jessica Williams threw a 14.32m (ECAC qualifying) to win the event. The throw was a personal best and beat her previous PR by a meter and a half.
- Also in the 60m dash, senior Dionna Hayes ran an ECAC qualifying 7.62 to finish in second place.
- Sophomore Alexis Stroman finished in second by a hair in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.67. The time was good enough to set the VCU school record and qualify for the ECAC meet.
- The Rams continued to have strong performances in the jump events this weekend. Sophomore Sarah Fulgham and junior Megan Simpson each had jumps of 1.55 to finish tied for fifth.
- In the pole vault, junior Justine Dutton finished in second place behind a personal-best jump of 3.45m.
- VCU also had sophomore Nicole Grasty, junior Niaimani Aduma, and sophomore Amethyst Polk all set personal records. Grasty ran a 25.10 (third place in the 200m), while Aduma (1:17.11) and Polk (1:17.37) set their PR's in the 500m.
"I am so proud of the effort the ladies put forth today. We finally beat Navy on their turf. We still have a long way to go with our overall fitness, but we will continue to put in the work to achieve our goals."
- VCU Track and Field Coach Jon Riley
The Rams will head back to Newport News, Va. for the Captain's Multi-Events at CNU next weekend. The meet takes place from Jan. 19-20.