Storm track running strong
PRINCETON — The Bureau Valley Storm may have graduated some big guns last year with state shot put champ Adam Weidner and state medalist Derrick Johnson moving on to the collegiate ranks. But north central Illinois track teams are quickly finding out the 2013 Storm squad still has plenty of firepower.
The Storm captured the Howard-Monier Invite Tuesday at Princeton’s Rathje Track, landing 14 top-four finishes, including five firsts, two seconds and four thirds to top Annawan-Wethersfield 128-107. They also won Saturday’s Don Gooden Classic in Mendota.
“Everyone doubted our team this year, losing Adam and Derrick. I think we’ll be just as good,” said BV senior Ryan Taylor, who ran on two winning relays and scored in the 800 (second) and pole vault (third). “Everybody expected us to be sad or whatever because we lost those guys, but we’re just working harder to make up for what we lost. Our guys are really working hard in practice, putting in extra work where they need to. The days we don’t have school, the guys are out there running and that’s what it takes, putting in the extra miles nobody else does.”
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