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GIRLS’ ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Porchea Carroll

SCHOOL: Rio Mesa

YEAR: Freshman

SPORT: Track and field

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SEASON AT A GLANCE: Carroll has become one of the top sprinters and long jumpers in the region, with season bests of 12.0 seconds in the 100 meters, 25.2 in the 200 and 18 feet in the long jump.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: Carroll won the 100 in 12.0, the 200 in 25.5, the long jump at 17-10 and ran the first leg on the Spartans’ victorious 400 relay team in a 70 1/2-56 1/2 victory over Camarillo on Wednesday. Rio Mesa sprint coach Brian FitzGerald doesn’t like to compare Carroll to former Spartan state champions Marion Jones and Angela Burnham, but said, “she has as good a (leg turnover) as anybody, but she has some mechanical things that she needs to work on.”


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