Porter

Mary Porter of School of the Ozarks competes in the 100-meter hurdles at Saturday’s district track meet. Porter finished second in the event and will compete in four events at the sectional meet.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s Class 1 District 3 track and field meet at School of the Ozarks, junior Victoria Smith took a moment to reflect on her performance.

Entered in the maximum of four events at the 16-team meet, and with the top four finishers in each event advancing to this week’s sectional meet, Smith was a perfect 4-for-4.

She qualified for sectionals in the 100 and 200 meters, and as part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

So, basically, it was mission accomplished for the talented School of the Ozarks junior.

“It’s a little surreal, because that’s a lot and I know I can’t go in more than four,” Smith said. “I’m just going to do my best and push for the team, because I know that’s what it’s all about.”

The highlight for Smith was a personal-best time of 27.03 seconds, good for second place in the 200 meters. She was fourth in the 100, with a time of 13.03 seconds.

In the 4x200 relay, the team of Maya Burney, Mary Porter, Leah Dolloff and Smith finished fourth, in 1:58.09, and the 4x100 relay team of Lucy Watson, Porter, Dolloff and Smith took second, in 53.96.

“I think sectionals is going to be a lot of fun this year,” Smith said. “I love to go in the relays, because of the team bonding, and we’ve worked so hard.

“It’s all about staying focused and not just going for first, but pushing as hard as we can.”

Porter also advanced to sectionals in four events. In addition to the two relays, she is moving on after finishing second in the 100 hurdles (17.74 seconds) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.14).

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