Storms Competes at NCAA Championships

Saturday, Nov. 17-

Senior Max Storms wrapped up Mizzou cross country’s inaugural SEC season with an impressive 56th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Located in Louisville, Ky., at the E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park, Storms raced against 255 other men in what is known as possibly the most challenging contest competitively in the country.

Storms ran 30:24.1 at Saturday’s meet, improving from his previous personal best 10K time of 30:47.38 from last weekend’s Midwest Regional that earned him his place in this competition.

Starting the race off at what was considered a conservative pace for the standout runner, Storms was positioned within the pack at 70th a third of the way through the race. Coming into his stride and gaining confidence, he was able to pass 14 other runners through the second half.

The last Tiger runner to compete at the NCAA Championships was Garrett Jeffries in 2008 who finished 95th.

Shaving a whole 23 seconds from his race last weekend, Storms proved once again that breaking his own personal records is nothing new this season. Out of the men running for the Tigers, Storms finished first in ten out of the 19 races he competed in over his career. This season alone he boasted a top time in four out of the five races.

Storms leaves this season with All-Region recognition, Second Team SEC honors and a legacy that will always be remembered by his fellow teammates. He looks to finish his remarkable senior year competing on the track team this spring.

-Sarah Kurzu
23 Sports
Staff Writer