By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Coming off of winning the 100-meter dash as a junior, Delphian’s Portia Binford is looking to duplicate her success once more as an senior as the Dragon sprinter overcame a slow start out of the blocks to win the Regis Community Twilight Meet Friday 100-meter dash with a time of 13.42. Edging 3A’s Valley Catholic’s Asha Thank by 0.05 of a second to take the opening heat of the event.
She still thinks of winning the State Title everyday. Using it as fuel as Binford looks to defend her Title this year as a senior.
“Just the feeling that I got when I won, nothing is going to stop me from replicating that again,” Binford said. “I’ve been working with a new specialist and working on driving out, keeping my head down, it’s really important. It’s key to having a good race.”
Binford finished sixth in the 200-meter dash
Fellow sprinter Zahar Rotman finished fourth in 2A last Spring in the 100-meter dash and had finished fourth in the event Friday. Finishing behind competition from 4A Stayton, 3A Santiam Christian and 1A St. Paul.
Rotman has described his senior as a slow start as he’s been working on a new form in the event this season, trying to shorten up his form.
“It’s harder, but it’s worth it,” Rotman said. “I definitely want to improve and try to get first. I definitely think I can if I can perfect the form, I just got to keep training every, single day.”
Rotman results and other results.
London Whitworth was seventh in the 800-meter dash, the Girls 4×100 meter relay team of Dakota Mincey, Avery Ott ,Allahta Persons NS Portia Binford finished fourth. Lucas Curry, who was second the 110-meter hurdles at State last season, was third in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles. Memo Cervantes finished tied for fourth in the High Jump with a jump of five-foot-six-inches
Photos By Jeremy McDonald