“But then I got mono and missed a big chunk of the season.”
Porter missed three meets due to illness, but more importantly she suffered a significant setback in her training and conditioning.
On her return, Porter was able to get herself back into shape and eventually worked herself up to the No. 7 spot on the team, a mark that would have qualified her for the NCAA Regionals had she made the jump earlier in the season.
“That’s a real testament to how tough she is,” said Pete Colaizzo, head coach of the Marist track and field program.
“Most people would’ve been like ‘to heck with it,’ but she came back and raced well.”
Porter said she knew early on that she wanted to run in college, and that Marist, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was originally one school that looked attractive to her.
She said she also looked at Roger Williams University and the University of Redlands in California, but once she got in touch with Colaizzo and coach Chuck Williams, all of the pieces fell into place.
“Marist was my top choice, and then I talked to the coach and it ended up working out,” Porter said.
“So I got some scholarships and it all fell into place perfectly. I love it here.”
Marist’s next competition will be tonight at the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games in New York City, and then after that the team will compete in the MAAC Championship meet on Feb. 21.