Lady Cats Track Coach Talks About Sadavia Porter and Other Lady Cats at Regional Track Meet
Lady Cats Track Coach Derek Tyson discussed Sadavia Porter’s incredible weekend at the Class 5A Region II Track Meet at UT Arlington. Porter finished second in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the State Track Meet in Austin. Coach Tyson said that feat fulfilled a statement Porter made when she signed with UTA months ago. She said she was going to qualify for the state meet. Coach Tyson said at the time he was glad he’d be going to Austin adding that Sadavia would be taking him there. In preliminaries for the 100-meter dash, Porter qualified for the final recording her personal best, an 11.88, the best time recorded all day in the event. In Saturday’s final, Porter ran a 12.02 to finish second. Coach Tyson said Savadia leaned at the finish line to get second. The third place girl was also timed at 12.02 but lost out by hundredths or thousandths of a second. Coach Tyson said if Porter runs a personal best at state she should earn a medal. Coach Tyson also predicted a bright future for freshman pole vaulter Clare Bybee who finished fourth at regional with a personal best of 11-feet. She already has set the school’s girls’ record for the pole vault. Coach Tyson said pole vault Coach Clark Cipoletta was masterful in getting athletes mentally prepared to compete. Coach Tyson told Bybee she would spend the next three years breaking her own record and added she well could be a state qualifier for the next three years. Coach Tyson said Abbi Baier ran in the finals of both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. She also competed in the 4×100-meter relay. He said she was really gassed at the end of all of the events. Coach Tyson said Baier finished somewhere from fifth to seventh in both hurdle events and the relay team was sixth. He called Baier one of the most accomplished track athletes ever at Sulphur Springs High School.