TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On the doorstep of qualifying for an Olympic games. That’s where Ryann Porter finds herself heading into this weekend in Eugene, Oreg.
Porter, a Janesville, Wis., native, qualified after jumping 12.62 meters, more than 41 feet, at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. She said the result even impressed her.
“So it definitely wasn’t something I was expecting coming into this school year but I’m just super excited to get to be here and compete against this caliber of athletes,” Porter said. “It’s exciting to be able to say that I’m becoming one of the best I’m doing my best to try and stay up with everyone else and keep competing.”
Porter, who won the Missouri Valley title in the triple jump with 12.91 meters, has had success in the past. Despite that, her coach Jeff Martin feels she can leap even further.
“After the NCAA Championships, Ryann was a little disappointed with the way she performed,” Martin said. “But we talked and we approached this week as if there is absolutely nothing to lose.”
Now, Porter finds herself ready to compete against the best the U.S. has to offer.
“I definitely think I can do better,” Porter said. “I was like a foot or so under my PR going into the championships so I definitely expect more out of myself.”
She is slated to compete in the triple jump on Friday at 9:15 p.m.