Tim Surburg Wins Inaugural Porter Quarter Race

What a great and moving story....

By Justin Walker
Marion Republic

MARION, IL -- It was perfectly fitting that an athlete wearing gold won the inaugural Porter Quarter.
Marion senior Tim Surburg won the 400-meter dash ran for the first time in honor of former Wildcat standout Aaron Porter on Saturday at the Roger Minton Early Indoor Invitational boys track and field meet held at Marion's Health Education Center.

The 400-meter run, which is roughly a quarter of a mile, was the signature event for Porter, who was killed in a car accident late this past September. Porter was a member of the Indiana Tech track team when he died.

"Going into it I was telling myself, 'I have to win,'" Surburg said. "I've been thinking about this race a lot. When I was a freshman AP was a senior and he treated me right and taught me the basics of the 400. I've been striving to use his lessons."
Marion track coach Eli Baker announced in October at a memorial for Porter that the first 400 would be ran in his memory each season from now on.

And as if it came directly from a Hollywood script, it was a Marion Wildcat who won the race Saturday in a time of 53.62 seconds, beating out Marshall County's Cade Flatt (54.46) in the fastest of seven heats.

"The last stretch I was worried someone might be sneaking up," Surburg said. "But I knew I couldn't let that happen."

"From the gun," Baker said, "he showed everybody else in that race that he was going to win."

Surburg was presented a special plaque in Porter's honor from Marion assistant coach Mitchell Jordan. Porter's family wanted to attend and present the award but were attending Jaidyn Porter's collegiate meet. Jaidyn, the younger sister of Aaron, is currently setting her own records as a sprinter on the Illinois College track team.
Baker was proud to see one of his own take home the first Porter Quarter trophy.

"It means a lot because Aaron was his mentor and kind of his hero that he looked up to," Baker said. "He wanted to be him. So for him to get that first one and to win it -- he wanted it so badly; he talked about it all week -- it was just perfect. I couldn't have planned it better."

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