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Park’s Allison Gorres earned all-state in the long jump, taking sixth place in the event at last June’s Class AA state track and field meet.

2013 Year in Review: Gorres finishes all-state in long jump

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Park’s Allison Gorres leapt into history this past year.

Just a freshman last spring, Gorres earned all-state in the long jump, taking sixth place in the event at last June’s Class AA state track and field meet.

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Gorres’ mom Anne was also an all-state long jumper for Park High School. All-state honors go to the top nine finishers in each event at the state meet.

“It feels really, really good,” Gorres said after the meet. “It was one of my goals coming into the year and it’s really fulfilling to do it. Some people here know my mom too, so it makes it pretty cool.”

Gorres saved her best for last at the state meet, leaping a distance of 16 feet, 11.25 inches on her final jump to shoot up to sixth place.

“She always saves it for that last jump it seems like,” Park head coach Matt Maher said after the meet. “She hit that last one and smiled.”

Gorres’ personal best in the long jump is 17 feet, 4.25 inches, which she recorded at last year’s section meet.

Gorres qualified for her first state meet in two events — the long jump and the 100-meter dash — after being All-Conference in four events and Suburban East Conference long jump champion earlier in the season.

Maher, the head coach of the girls track team the past 15 years, said Gorres stands out in her athletic ability from all others.

“I can’t remember having an athlete like her since I’ve been here,” he said. “I can’t think of a girl that can do what she can do in four events. She’s very humble, she listens and she’s just an all-around really good athlete.”

Gorres’ all-state finish in the long jump means her picture will go up on the Wall of Fame at Park High School.

“When I walk into Park it’s something I see every day, so it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Gorres said. “To see myself up there will be really cool.”

-Patrick Johnson

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