Matthew Porter, son of Chad and Diane Porter, is a senior at Brentwood Academy and a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team.
He is the team captain and was the co-captain his sophomore and junior year. This season, he said that winning the TSAA/AAA Division II State Championship was one of his biggest highlights. His updated personal records are: 15:29 in the 5k, 9:34 in the two-mile, and 4:25 in the mile.
He started running in the second grade as something to do for fun after school. He said that in sixth grade, he really started to realize his potential and “focused more intently on the sport.”
When asked what inspires him to train and compete he said, “I simply want to do my best always because I love the sport and I love the challenge.”
Steve Prefontaine, a former Olympic runner, is one of Porter’s biggest role models and inspirations.
“…regarded as America’s best runner in history,” Porter said. “… a tough guy who knew how to run free and enjoy the sport.”
Outside of running, Porter said he enjoys spending time with his family, specifically his younger siblings Alan and Anne-Marie. He also loves volunteering for his community through United Way’s Youth Advisory Council.
After graduating from BA this year, he hopes to attend The United States Military Academy.