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Injury aside, Storey getting back to championship form

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

Waymon Storey took some ridicule from his Morrow teammates as he posed for some pictures.

The senior track standout was trying to put on a serious look, but kept hearing from his teammates. He finally decided to move away from where they were training to the other side of the school's track.

It has been a season where a lot of people are after the speedster, who ranks among the top sprinters in the state this season.

After a slow start to the season while recovering from a strain groin injury, Storey is quickly getting himself back into form to contend for the 100 and 200-meters championships again in Jefferson.

"I think I'm doing OK so far this season," he said. "I'm just trying to get my technique back down."

Starting Monday, Storey, a Georgia signee, will be trying to defending his Clayton County Championship titles in 100 and 200 events at Southern Crescent Stadium. This will be the first major meet for Storey and his Morrow teammates this season.

Mustangs coach Travis Hinton believes Storey is ready.

"I love where he is at right now as far as preparation," Hinton said. "He is almost where he needs to be as far as conditioning and technique. He is almost ready to put everything together."

Although he ran at the Class AAAAA state meet with the groin injury, Storey missed the majority of the summer and offseason to rest. Despite the injury, he finished third in the 100 with a personal-best time of 10.77 seconds and was second in the 200 with a 21.33, also a personal-best time at the state championships.

Heading into next week's county championships, Storey said he is about 75 percent recovered from the injury. He takes some extra precaution before each race by stretching an addition 30 minutes than the rest of his teammates. The cold temperatures hasn't seem to bother him.

"You can't go into a meet worried about injuries or the weather," Storey said. "The weather is all mental. It is just as cool for the other runners as it is for me out there."

The lost time on the track from the groin injury has given Storey some extra motivation.

"I'm ready to win it, but I don't want to barely win it," Storey said. "I want to destroy the field. I'm pushing myself very hard in practice. I think the practices that I'm putting in will help."

Although he is the top returning contender in both races, Storey is not taking anything for granted.

"I have to earn anything that I'm going to get," Storey said. "Nobody is going to give me anything. I have to come ready, because I know there is another Waymon Storey out there. I do feel it is mines, but I have to go get it."

As Storey builds towards the state meet, Hinton said it is important that his sprinter starts to peak.

"Every meet is important at this point in the season," Hinton said. "It is important that he progress with each meet. It is the time he should be getting lower times and run a clean race. He needs to be focused and on top of his game."