Beware of the current and future storm reports coming out of Barrington!
We got the weather report and saw the storm brewing but somehow still disregarded the final warning. Scout Storms started as a field hockey player and later tested the water in running. At the 2021 IL Junior High Elite Championship, she placed fourth in the 1600m with a time of 5:18.73. That's a very respectable performance but there the middle-school distance fans had their eyes on Holly Johnson and Sophia Arcuri.
In her first high school cross country season, Storms excelled as one of the top freshmen in the state and ultimately placed eighth in the 3A final with a time of 16:53 for Barrington. As good as that performance was the best is yet to come.
In real-time, Storms has torn up the track and field scene this spring. She opened her outdoor campaign like a thief in the night at the Raleigh Relays. It was mostly a collegiate meet with select high school races. Storms took to the track and placed second in the 3200m with a lightning-quick 10:27.31. The field featured the nationally ranked Ciara O'Shea (Jr., Madison Central, KY) won in 10:25.05. More recently, Storms ran 4:50.85 in the 1600m to take second at the Distance Night In Palatine. It was on the heel of a 10:41.97 performance earlier in that day at Glenbard West.
The paradigm shift has now occurred right before our eyes as Storms has moved from a top level entry distance runner in the freshman ranks to the top of the food chain league. If you think that she will plateau like many freshmen girls from one year to the next, think again. Barrington coaches Deb Revolta and Jody Gitelis have a strong and impressive record of developing their girls into young women. This ultimately will mean bad news for Storms' competitors and great news for Barrington and their fandom.