ISU signee Darien Porter runs fastest 400 in Iowa high school history

Darien Porter is officially the fastest 400-meter dash runner in the history of Iowa high school athletics.

The Bettendorf senior and Iowa State football signee became the first Iowa high schooler to run a sub-47 second 400 when he finished in a time of 46.99 to win his second Class 4A state championship in the event in the last three years on Friday at Drake Stadium. Porter’s time eclipsed the old all-time record of 47.01 set by Iowa City High’s Calvin Davis in 2002.

Porter, who was considered a three-star recruit on the gridiron by 247Composite, also qualified for the finals in the 100 and 200-meter dashes earlier in the day on Friday. His 10.76 in the 100 gave him the third-best prelim time, just .01 behind the first two placers, while he will enter the 200 final as the No. 4 seed after posting a time of 21.90.

The 100-meter dash final is slated to begin around 11:55 a.m. on Saturday with the 200-meter dash final scheduled for roughly 1 p.m. You can watch all of the weekend’s events at Drake Stadium for free right here.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.