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Difference Makers: Sky View's Brenna Porter

Published June 30, 2013 10:59 pm

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Athletics • Sky View's Brenna Porter wrapped up her prep career as one of the best hurdlers ever to come out of Utah. Porter, who holds the state record in the 300-meter hurdles (41.54 seconds), was named Gatorade's Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year for Utah after her standout season. She won two individual Class 4A titles and helped the Bobcats to a fifth-place team finish at the state track meet in May at BYU. Porter won the 100 hurdles (14.51) and the 300 hurdles (42.02) at the meet. She also competed in long jump, taking second at state with a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches. She took third place in the 200. "I have always noticed that Brenna seems to fill any role asked of her to help the team," Syracuse track coach Roger Buhrley said. "That's a great quality for such a talented athlete." Porter graduated from Sky View with a 3.96 GPA and will run track at BYU next year.

Making a difference • Porter was the co-chairwoman for the Youth Committee for World Joy, a group that helped raise money to build a health care clinic and library in Ghana. She organized fundraising activities and helped collect donations. "We went to a bookstore and talked to them about maybe donating a little money to the library, and he was like, 'OK, come back a little later.' We went back to his warehouse and he said to pick out any books we wanted. We ended up coming home with thousands of books. It's neat to see how giving people are."

She says • "It was so awesome to see [photos of the kids at the opening of the health care clinic]. They were dancing and they were so happy. It's crazy to realize that a small thing you do can change their lives forever."