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Gorres places seventh at state

Sophomore Ally Gorres (right) races to seventh in the 100-meter dash final at the state track and field meet at Hamline University on June 7

A year ago, Ally Gorres made state, but missed the finals.

Not this time.

Gorres, a Park sophomore, raced to seventh place in the 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet at Hamline University last Saturday.

“I just had a blast,” Gorres said. “I’m so happy to be here. I know I could have done a lot better, but I had fun, and that’s the most important thing.”

Gorres said the moment when she stepped on the podium to accept her seventh place medal was the “climax of the whole year.”

“It feels so good,” she said.

Gorres’ status was in doubt in the week leading up to the state meet after she suffered a lower-body injury during the 200-meter dash at the sectional meet, but Park coach Matt Maher said she was feeling good by the time the meet came around.

“She’s tough,” he said.

Gorres said the injury only motivated her to do better.

“I think it benefited me in the long run,” she said.

She said going through the state meet for a second time was “a lot easier” than her first trip.

“I knew what I was supposed to do and when I was supposed to do it,” she said. “So I think it just calmed me down more than last year.”

And with her potential, and two more years to race, it’s a good bet she’ll be back again.