Connor Storti keeps running strong
It doesn't matter what the sport is, when an athlete -- and by extension, a team -- gets on a roll, it can be hard to stop.
Connor Storti and the Monument Mountain boys track and field team are all on one of those rolls. Storti's success earned him a second Eagle Player of the Week honor.
For the second time this month, the Monument junior won four events. He won the long and triple jumps, and the 100 and 200 meter runs in Friday's 107-34 win for Monument over Pittsfield.
It's the second time this month that Storti has won four events. He accomplished the feat in an early-season meet with Lenox. That's what earned him his first Player of the Week nod.
"It motivated me to try to even take it up to the next level and see what I can do," Storti said.
Storti won the long jump in a leap of 19 feet, 6 inches and the triple jump in 40-5. He turned around and won the 100 in 11.3 seconds and the 200 in 23.5. With the exception of his time in the 200, every other result was a season best.
For Storti, the day started like any other day.
"The track meet wasn't really on my mind the whole day, until after school and walking down the hill to the track," he said, adding quickly that nerves don't come into play until he's at the track.
"I don't get nervous until I'm sitting at the blocks," he said, "waiting for the gun to go off."
Storti's first event last Friday was the long jump. The first of his two jumps was 19-6, his best of the season.
"It kind of got me hyped up for the 100 and the following events," he said. "I gained a little more confidence [in the 100] because I got another season PR of 11.3. It motivated me to improve in my triple jump."
Next month, the Spartans will put their Division II team title on the line. Monument beat Mahar last year in the team meet at Mohawk. Monument finished with 94.5 points, to Mahar's 89. The year before, it was Mahar beating Monument 97-86.
Storti said he and his teammates are excited for next month's meet and the opportunity to defend that title.
"Last year, we only had a few seniors so we only lost a few athletes," said Storti. "We knew we were going to be pretty good this year."
The Spartans put their roll on the line Tuesday when they travel to Pittsfield for a tri-meet with Taconic and Wahconah Regional.
For Storti, getting ready for the tri-meet is a bit different than a regular dual.
"There's definitely more pressure, because there's two schools," he said. "It's definitely more motivating. If you finish first, you get double the points."
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