RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Before an athlete becomes an Olympian, they often compete in the Junior World Championships - a competition for teenagers that allow them to perform on an international stage.
For the first time, a VCU athlete is headed to the Junior Worlds.
Yorktown native Kiara Porter finished fourth in the 4x400 at the Junior National Championships, which booked her ticket to the World Championships next month. The rising sophomore will be the first Ram to compete in the international games.
Porter will travel to Barcelona the second week of July to represent her country. Her uniform and USA shwag showed up in the mail this week, and she says that's the first time it has really sunk in that she's headed to Spain.
Porter stands just 5'0", and while she says her height can be a detriment, she actually likes being the short girl that can beat the girls with the long legs.
The Tabb graduate says she's not looking to far ahead to the Olympic games in 2016 - she's more just looking forward to competing for the Rams, and enjoying her college career.