Host Fort Hunt rode the stellar performance of distance runner Linda Portasik to capture the third annual Fort Hunt Girls Relay Carnival yesterday. The Lady Federals piled up 53 points to edge Fairmont Heights, which totaled 50 points.
Portasik, the premier distance runner in the area, led her team to record-breaking marks in the two-mile and distrance medley relays.
The smooth-running, long-striding senior showed why she is the area's best by overcoming a seemingly insurmountable lead in the distance medley relay to breeze past Bethesda-Chevy Chase at the tape in dramatic fashion. Fort Hunt was timed at 12:20.4, eclipsing the old meet mark of 12:56.9 set by B-CC last year.
Portasik, who is headed for the University of Tennessee, said that the large lead never entered her mind.
"I knew that if I could make up some of the stagger and get close enough, I could outsprint her (B-CC's Carolyn Hughes) down the stretch," she explained.
Portasik's efforts overshadowed the performance of defending champion H. D. Woodson, which shattered meet records in the 880 and 440 relays and captured the mile relay in 3:56.8.