“Where she is in third leg, she can break that pack and not worry about coming all the way from behind just to pass somebody. … That’s how hard a worker she is. In the 400, she said she ‘whited-out’ because she was running so hard. That type of commitment, sometimes you have to protect them from themselves.”
“I really didn’t know,” Porter said. “I was too focused on trying to get my team back in the race. Wow. I had no idea. … This was my last race. I had to give everything I had. I had to find every piece of strength that was left in me to push my team through and I just tried to get them in the best place I could possible.”
“She usually does that,” said eighth-grader Sage Tudryn, who ran the opening leg. “She’ll pass anyone that’s in front of her.”
“As the year progressed, we just kept pushing, kept fighting,” Turner said. “She’s such a hungry young woman. There’s nothing that she will not do to make sure she’s the absolute best on the track. Second place is not good enough for her. This year, she’s come in second a lot and that just made her mad.
“She’s consistent, one of the best leaders I have on the team.”
Porter credited Coach Gideon Tinch at Dr. Henry A. Wise in Maryland for helping her get to where she is now.
The goal going forward – and she expects to be back at Fort Knox next season, “if nothing happens in the next two weeks, yes,” she said – is to get down to a 53-second 400 next season.
With the majority of the 4x400 team back, it could set the Lady Eagles up for even greater success.
“We just had to believe that we could do it, and we did,” Tudryn said.
Tudryn, junior Abby Donohue, Nordman and Porter were third in the 4x200.
Seventh-grader Sadie LeBlanc was ninth in the 1,600. Tudryn was 13th in the 400, setting a personal record at 1:03.24.
“Kayla Reynolds came out of nowhere today for the hurdle,” Turner said. “Sage Tudryn is I’m pretty sure the only eighth-grader in the 4x400 out on that track today. She established herself. … I have an amazin group of girls and I have all these girls coming back and they’re hungry. They got a taste of what they want and they’re gonna push forward even more.”
Reynolds was 15th in the 100 hurdles.
St. Henry won the team event. Fort Knox was seventh.