VCU track & field takes on Hokie Invitational

Bryant Drayton
Contributing Writer

The VCU track and field teams competed in the Hokie Invitational on Jan. 23-24. The Hokie Invitational was held in Blacksburg, Virginia at Virginia Tech.

Both the men’s and women’s teams performed well in a highly competitive field, with the men having several top-15 finishes and the women having seven top-10 finishes. 

The star of the meet was senior sprinter Kiara Porter, who broke the school record for the 300-meter sprint, with a time of 37.52 seconds. The Yorktown, Virginia native finished first in her event, beating her previous school record set last year at 37.92. Porter keeps adding to her already impressive career, which includes five Atlantic 10 championships and a ranking in the top-25 in the 200-meter indoor, 300-meter indoor and 500-meter indoor. 

For the men, sophomore Racheed Davis finished fifth in the triple jump, with a height of 14.15-meters. This was the Virginia Beach native’s personal best triple jump, as his previous best was 14.28-meters. 

Senior throwers Brandon Ruffin and Ryan Coles continue to impress with continuous top-10 finishes in their senior campaigns.  Ruffin finished seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 18.93-meters and fifth in the shot put with a distance of 16.54-meters. Coles finished sixth in the shot put with a distance of 16.25-meters. 

For the women, junior mid-distance runner Briana Krumholz ran a top-10 600-meter time in 1:37.59. Junior Carina Peter finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.87-meters. 

Junior Jada Roberts also celebrated a personal best in the weight throw, as she topped her personal best of 12.54-meters with a throw of 14.97-meters. 

The Rams relay teams found success at the Hokie Invitational, with a distance medley team defeating the rest of the field with a time of 12:07.10. Appalachian State University was the runner-up in the distance medley, as they were 10 seconds behind the Rams.  The 4×400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:54.75. 

Both the men’s and women’s VCU track and field competed this past weekend. The two teams would have competed in either the Penn State Invitational at State College, Pennsylvania, or the George Mason University Patriot Games in Fairfax, Virginia. However, results were not final as of press time.

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