Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Porter Is Taking a Leap of Faith as She Resumes Competition.(Final)

Byline: Rick Wright Journal Staff Writer

* The 1988 Olympian doesn't want to waste her talent

The Gift, and how to use it: As a 10-year-old in Menlo Park, Calif., Trish King had the talent and the desire to play baseball. So, she did -- with the boys and with distinction.

"I made waves," Albuquerque resident Trish King Porter says now, 30 years later, "because back then, people didn't want girls playing baseball. We (her family, on her behalf) were ready to go to court but ended up not having to."

Some eight years after making waves and headlines in baseball, King made more as a track-and-field athlete at Menlo-Atherton High School. As a senior, she set a California Central Coast Section record in the high jump (5 feet, 91/4 inches) and was named Northern California prep athlete of the year.

Fast-forward another eight years, and watch Trish King clear a high-jump bar at 6 feet, 5 inches at a stadium in Indianapolis -- qualifying her for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. This, after having contended for the team in the grueling, two-day heptathlon. …

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