Nov. 9, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2016 Olympics may still be 1,000 days away, but they are a lot closer for current Tiger Max Storms, who stamped his ticket for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon last weekend. Storms, who will close out his eligibility after the indoor track season, was the fourth finisher overall and the second American in the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on Nov. 2, clocking in at 1:04:28.1 for the 13.1-mile race.
"I don't have cross country eligibility, so I needed something to keep me focused and about two months ago picked out the Indianapolis Half Marathon as a good thing to do that," said Storms, who closed out his cross country last year with a 56th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. "Initially, I didn't think I would run as well as I did, but I changed my goals through training when I got more and more fit. I knew 65-minutes was the standard, so decided to shoot to hit that and qualify for the Trials."
He certainly did that, putting in a final time over 30-seconds below that 65-minute mark after traveling out with friends and sleeping on a hotel room floor. He'll have a couple more years now to continue preparing for the Trials, the location of which will not be released until early December.
"I had never run a half-marathon before, so had no idea how it was going to feel," said Storms. "It felt really good, I kind of took to it like a fish to water. I just gained confidence throughout the race and was able to finish pretty easily under the standard. At about ten miles I knew I was going to qualify [for the Trials], so just tried not to mess up those last three."
Now the focus is back on track season with the first meet only two months away. Storms, who already owns the Missouri 10,000-meter School Record in outdoor track, is now planning on taking the confidence from Indianapolis and directing it towards a second Missouri School Record - the indoor 5,000-meter run, which is held by friend and recent graduate Dan Quigley.
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