By Tyler Ohmann, Sports Editor
If Holdingford could put junior Summer Storm into every event, they probably would.
The junior competed strongly in five different events for the team this season, helping the Huskers to a runner-up finish at true team state.
“We were looking at the team concept, and we knew we had a good team, but we needed to fill pole vault and triple jump,” said Holdingford assistant track coach, and hurdles coach, Brian Maine. “Summer is a really good athlete, and does well in anything she does, so we got her to triple jump and vault.”
“If she wants to go on to college and participate in track and field, she is going to make a good heptathlete for somebody,” Maine said.
Storm accumulated 51 points in the wild card round of qualifying for true team state. The Huskers won the wild card event, making them the ninth team to compete at true team state in Stillwater, May 16.
At that state meet, she had 49.5 points to lead the team.
“It was kind of nerve wracking, because we weren’t even sure we were going to be at the true team state meet,” Storm said. “Once we got there it was just kind of a relief to be there.
“To be the underdogs, in the ninth spot, and then take second place, was a real accomplishment,” Storm said.
However, despite all the success in May, it was June that Storm was looking forward to, and she still had hurdles to clear, literally.
Storm came up short of sections in the 100 hurdles, finishing fourth at subsections in Pierz, but she won the 300 hurdles handily.
“I think overall this season went really well,” Storm said. “Trying to break 50 at the beginning of the season was kind of tough, but it gradually got down to 49, and when peaking started and we got to sections, I hit that 47.”
The 47.90 to be exact, came at sections, where she was the runner-up, and qualified for state.
At state, Storm got even better, leaping into the finals with a personal-best 47.25, and then finishing with a fourth place finish in 47.64.
She also qualified for state in the 4×400 relay for the past three seasons (she was in the 300 hurdles last year too).
The Holdingford 4×400 team won the section title with a 4:11.72.
Storm attributes much of her success to her work over the winter.
She usually starts training right after volleyball, and despite being a wrestling manager, manages to run outside, if it’s not too cold, and lift weights regularly.
She started doing that in her ninth grade year, the first year she qualified for state.
Storm also plays volleyball, but admits track is more fun.
“I probably like track more, because you are part of team, but you can do more individually,” Storm said. “In volleyball it is just more team.”
As for what she can do to get better next year, she has a few ideas.
“I definitely want to break my time; getting down to 46 would be a goal of mine,” Storm said. “I’d like to make it back to state, obviously, and to the finals again.”
Her coach says that the sky is the limit.
“Next year it all depends on how hard she works,” Maine said. “She can be as good as she wants to.”
The Huskers will enjoy that, as she rejoins all of her teammates on the girls side that went to state this year.
Watch out for next year.