TACOMA - Heralded Bellingham sprinter Alyssa Porter ran the time she desired at prelims and captured the state championship at finals.
One day after running a wind-aided new Class 2A State Track and Field Meet record with an 11.87, Porter followed up with her second consecutive 100-meter state title against stiff competition during the 2A-3A-4A State Track and Field Championships Saturday, May 31, at Mount Tahoma High School.
Porter won with a 12.28-second sprint, which was .14 seconds faster than last year's winning time. She edged out city-school rival Sehome's Sarah Dolese, who placed third with a 12.53.
"It's amazing," said Porter of being the fastest girl in the state's 2A classification for the second year straight. "You get people who don't necessarily get the chance to run out here and run at all, and to win it's just a great feeling, and it helps me know that my hard work paid off."
Porter ran in lane five with Dolese in lane six beside her. Both got out to fast starts, but with 30 meters to go Porter pushed ahead of the competition, beating West Valley-Yakima second-place finisher Tierney Silliman by .19 seconds.
"For me it was all about me getting my dorsiflex right, so I just went out and worked on things I needed to work on," Porter said. "I didn't really get the time I wanted, but I got it at prelims."
Porter's championship run was against a -2.2 wind measurement.
Even though Porter was the 100-meter standard at every meet this year after winning her first title, she never felt the pressure to live up to certain expectations, she said.
"For me it was just about running the best I could and the fastest time I could do," Porter said. "It's been a battle. You got great runners out here running with you that are pushing you to run super fast, and so it's really a big honor to come out and get to be a part of this."
Next year Porter will be taking her two prep 100 meter state titles to University of Nevada-Reno, where she'll compete in sprints.
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