Storms runs 15:59 at Longview to win WCC meet
O'Hara junior Max Storms raced to a 15:59 victory in the West Central Conference meet Tuesday afternoon on the Longview course.
On a cool and crisp fall day, Storms ran a tactical race with Harrisonville sophomore Maksim Korolev. They ran side-by-side for most of the first two miles. Both went went through the first mile in around 5:05 and hit the second mile at around 10:24.
Then Storms surged. He quickly picked up the pace and left Korolev behind on the last 1.1 miles, running at 5-minute pace. Korolev finished second in 16:24.
By comparison, Storms' finishing time was ahead of the 16:14 posted by Raytown South's Stephen Saylor almost three weeks ago, when Saylor won the Grandview Invitational.
That race was a bit earlier in the season and in slightly warmer conditions.
On Tuesday, Warrensburg senior D.J. Slifer finished 3rd in the WCC meet in 16:55, and Sedalia Smith-Cotton senior Jose Ojeda was fourth in 17:04.
Warrensburg took the boys team title with 32 points, followed by Smith-Cotton's 47, St. Pius 10 with 73 and O'Hara with 84.
Elizabeth Ulmer of Smith-Cotton won the girls varsity race in 20:07, followed by teammate Claire Waldo in 20:37.
Smith-Cotton won the girls team crown with 25 points, followed by Warrensburg with 50.