Nov. 17, 2012
Louisville, Ky. – Max Storms (Kansas City, MO) finished his memorable season today at the NCAA National Championship in Louisville, KY, earning himself not only a new personal record, but the highest finish for a Tiger at the National meet since 1972. In a race that boasts some of the top cross country runners in the world, Storms finished in 56th place, earning his 4th PR this season, 30:23.2 for the 10K.
"It was a good race. Going in, my mindset was kind of 'top 40 or bust', so I just tried to get out hard and put myself into that top 40. But it didn't really play out how I thought it would, I got out really hard then just kind of used the middle miles to recover a little bit, then rallied at the end," said Storms, who came through the 5K mark around 70th place, picking off 14 spots in the last half to finish 56th overall. "But I'm happy, I mean 56th place in the nation, that's pretty good. I don't have any regrets about anything [this season], I definitely saved my best for last. Those last two races I think were the best I ever had in a Missouri uniform, so I'm happy about that, happy to end it that way."
Storms’ impressive season added another four top Tiger finishes to his resume, making a total of 10 first finishes for Missouri out of his 19 career races. He was also one of the first Missouri Tigers to earn All-SEC honors, coming in 9th at the team’s first SEC Championship meet to finish on the Second Team All-SEC. He followed that up with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet, earning a personal record of 30:47.38 and his spot at today’s Championship meet. Storms knocked 23-seconds off of that PR with his performance this afternoon.
"I just know that the work I put in, I put in a lot of 100-mile weeks and stuff like that, it's just going to benefit me in the track season," Storms said. "Hopefully I can go out and do well during indoor and outdoor, set some PRs, and get up on the podium."
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