Park track & field: Like mom, Gorres earns All-State in long jump
The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.
Park freshman Allison Gorres earned all-state in the long jump, taking sixth place in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul.
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. "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 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 this season.
"Both of her parents are phenomenal athletes," Park head coach Matt Maher said. "The pedigree is there."
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. 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' excellence in multiple events reminds one of 2012 graduate R.J. Alowonle, who won four state championships on the track as a senior before moving onto the University of North Carolina.
"I really hope I can do something like that, that'd be amazing," Gorres said. "But, I just want to do as well as I can do. If I don't accomplish what he did, but I do my best, I'm fine with that."
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. Minnetonka junior Mia Barron won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3 inches.
"She always saves it for that last jump it seems like," Maher said. "She hit that last one and smiled."
Gorres' personal best in the long jump is 17 feet, 4.25 inches, which she recorded at this year's section meet.
"There are not too many 17-foot jumpers around," Maher said. "She's the sixth-best long jumper in the state of Minnesota -- and she's a freshman. That's pretty dang special."
At the state meet, teams are awarded points for finishing in the top nine places in each event. A first place finish garners 12 points, second place gets 10 points, third place earns eight points, and so on. The ninth place finisher earns one point.
Gorres' finish in the long jump put Park in 48th place with 4 points. As a team, the Minnetonka girls won the state championship with 94.5 points. Lakeville South was second with 79 points. In the boys meet, Stillwater Area won the team title with 65 points and Forest Lake took second with 59.5 points. Wayzata finished third with 57 points.
Gorres also qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter dash, but took fourth place in her heat in the preliminary round with a time of 12.61 seconds to fall short of qualifying for the state finals. Hopkins senior Taylor Anderson defended her state title in the 100 with a time of 11.97.
"She could easily have made the finals in the 100," Maher said. "She didn't have her best race, but it definitely wasn't her worst. She did pretty dang good. Her biggest downfall is that she's tall and she gets out of the blocks a little slow. We'll be working on that for next year."
The All-State finish in the long jump means Gorres' 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."