Geneseo’s Kaci Storm closed out her high school career with three more state medals at the May 18-19 IHSA State Finals in Charleston to make her the most decorated athlete in Geneseo history.
Storm grabbed a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76 seconds and took home fifth in the 300-m hurdles at 45.37. She also broke school records in both events.
“This year I think Kaci came in more focused and wanting to excel and perform well for her high school and college coaches,” said head coach Phil Paulson. “The expectation was there and she was ready. She was nervous, but you wouldn’t have known it. She belonged there.”
She, along with her 4x200-m relay teammates Rayne Bodeen, Samantha Mannon and Hannah Waller, placed seventh in the finals with a time of 1:43.85.
“The 4x200 had a personal record, which is just great to get a PR in a meet like that,” said Paulson. “I am happy that they peaked at the right time and performed their best at the right time.”
Darrian Hartman also qualified for the finals where she medaled with a ninth place finish in the pole vault, clearing 10-9.
“Darrian was right there and made every height without a miss, but once she got to 11-0 she had three misses in a row,” said Paulson. “But she was right there. At first she thought she didn’t medal, but based on misses she got ninth, which is good for her.”
In the preliminaries, Hartman took seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 33-9 1/2, while the 4x800-m relay of Emily Ford, Morgan Kelly, Kelcey Adams and Paige Gatter placed sixth in their heat at 9:58.15.
The 4x100-m relay of Waller, Mannon, Ashley?Kempher and Bodeen finished fifth in their heat at 50.16, while the 4x400-m relay of Mannon, Ford, Gatter and Storm came in fifth in their heat at 4:06.61.
“I am absolutely happy with everyone’s performance,” said Paulson. “It was a challenge in the distance areas this year because it is getting much more competitive. Everyone is stepping up their game in the distance so you have to go out fast and stay fast.
“I really give credit to the distance people because they train and work hard. They are a special group of kids and they had a great year.”
Waller placed fifth in her heat of 300-m hurdles in 47.72 and sixth in her heat of the 100-m hurdles at 16.60, while Bodeen came in fourth in her heat of the 100-m dash with a time of 12.79.
Ford took eighth in her heat of the 800-m run in 2:23.60, followed by Gatter in eighth in her heat of 1600-m run at 5:29.13.
Page 2 of 2 - “I was happy with our finish this year,” said Paulson. “We placed in four track events last year and three this year. I am happy with the results even though it was not as dominant as last year.”