Darien Porter had what he labeled a disappointing state track and field meet his junior season. He came home from Des Moines with four medals but no championships.

The Bettendorf sprinter settled the score in his last go-around at the blue oval.

The Iowa State football recruit became the first individual in Iowa high school history to run a sub-47 second open quarter-mile and was part of another all-time best in the sprint medley relay.

Porter is at the forefront of the Quad-City Times All-Metro boys' track and field team. He finished the Class 4A state meet last month with a title in the 400 meters (46.99 seconds), a championship in the 200 (21.76) and anchored the Bulldogs to a title in the sprint medley relay (1:30.92). He also was runner-up in the 100 (10.97).

"It was a great way to go out," Porter said after the state meet. "It has been so much fun to share it with these guys. They're some of my best friends."

Porter is one of six Bulldogs on the first team. He's joined by sprinters Austin Kalar and Leo Desequeira along with the middle distance duo of Brendan Scott and Nick Moore and hurdler Ethan Clarke. 

Bettendorf, which captured Mississippi Athletic Conference and district championships, was fourth at the state meet. 

Pleasant Valley, led by its distance trio of Kole Sommer, Parker Huhn and Kent Nichols, had four first-team selections. Western Big Six champion Moline, Rock Island, United Township and North Scott also had multiple first-team choices.

Davenport Central's Will Reemtsma (hurdles) and Rock Island's Austin Taylor (sprints) were repeat selections along with Porter and Desequeira.

There are 17 schools represented on the Quad-City Times All-Area first team. Morrison and Calamus-Wheatland pace it with three selections each.

Morrison was led by a strong middle distance group. Hunter Newman, Kobe Brackemeyer and Keegan Anderson, all part of the school's state championship 3,200 relay, are on the first team.

Cal-Wheat, which earned its first state trophy in program history, is represented by sprinter Raymond Venditti, middle distance ace Chase Knoche and state long jump runner-up Hunter Rickels on the first team.

Iowa football recruit and Orion's Logan Lee, a state runner-up in the shot put, tops the first team in the throws.


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.