By Sarah Grimmer
Big 12 Correspondent
When Porscha Lucas started running track in the seventh grade, she didn’t think that she would emerge as a world-class sprinter years later. The only reason she ran track was because it was what middle school basketball girls did after their season ended. One national championship later, Lucas can’t imagine her post-college career without it.
The returning All-American has already embarked on a successful career thus far at Texas A&M. She was one of three finalists for The Women’s Bowerman, an inaugural award that honors the top collegiate track and field female. Lucas was also selected as the women’s track athlete for the South Central Region by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
She claimed the 2009 NCAA Outdoor title in the 200-meter dash, finishing in an impressive 22.81 seconds. During the prelims, she set a collegiate-leading time of 42.36, which was previously held by LSU in 1989 (42.50).
Her indoor season was equally as remarkable, as her 4x400-meter relay team clinched the NCAA Indoor title. In addition, the Plano, Texas native claimed her second consecutive crown in the 200 meters at last season’s Big 12 Championships, clocking a 22.94.
“She brings a level of consistency to our program, consistency that is at such a high quality,” Head Coach Pat Henry said. “She is a great competitor, which is obviously displayed throughout her career.”
Even with an impressive resume that was fulfilled her junior year, it does not begin to make a mark on Lucas’s list of accomplishments.
“Over the years, she has really learned that practice and hard work ethic develop you into who you want to be,” Henry said. “Porscha continues to work at an ever changing level, as she is constantly improving in order to be better.”
A graduate of Plano Senior High School, Lucas was already making a name for herself before her college career.
She won the State 5A 200 meters with a personal-best time of 23.22, earning an All-American honor in the event. At the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics, she finished second in the 200 meters with a 23.50 mark and fifth in the 100 meters with a 11.66.
Lucas’ decision to come to A&M was easy.
“On my visit here, something just told me that this was the right school for me,” Lucas explained. “The coaching staff is amazing and I just knew it was where I wanted to be.”
Her sophomore and freshman years as an Aggie were notable as well.
As a freshman, she was sixth on the U.S. All-Time Junior list and earned four All-American honors in both indoor and outdoor 100 and 200 events along with the 4x100-meter relay. She was also the runner-up to her teammate Simone Facey in the 200 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
In her sophomore campaign, she continued to cause a stir in the track and field world. She came in at No. 9 in the 200 meters among all United States competitors by Track and Field News. She competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and advanced on to the semifinals of the 200 meters.
Running the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay, she has helped lead her team to victories at the Texas Invitational, Florida State University Relays, Texas Relays, UCLA Invitational as well as the Big 12, Midwest Region and the NCAA Championships.
All of these accomplishments are just a few of the many Lucas has under her belt. As she begins her final season at A&M, Lucas will continue to have many career moments to remember.
“Winning nationals last season was incredible,” Lucas said. “I just remember how excited we were, especially after finding out that both the men’s and women’s teams won. It is something that I will always remember.”
“Porscha is a very good human being, on and off the track,” Henry said. “She is a great winner and an understanding loser. She is gracious and a tremendous competitor. She prepares well and uses every meet as a learning experience. She has all the attributes to go to the next level. There will be another level for her after this.”