March 9, 2012
There was no sophomore jinx for women's track and field athlete Ida Storm as she unleashed a monster throw during the weight throw competition to finish second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, ID. Storm broke her own school record as well as the Swedish National Record with a mark of 70-5.75.
She started the competition off with a mark of 57-11.25, fouled her second throw and then threw 66-4.25 for the fourth-best mark during the preliminary rounds. In the finals, she opened up with an improved throw of 67-5.50 and then unleashed her 70-5.75 throw to move into second. Her final attempt was measured at 67-0 as she would hold on to second-place to earn her first USTFCCCA first-team All-America honor.
The Swede came into the meet with a top mark of 69-7, which she threw at the MPSF Championships in late February, and improved by nearly a foot on Friday evening at Nationals.
Her second-place finish was the highest for any Bruin track and field athlete since 2007 when Rhonda Watkins won the long jump and Allie Bohannon finished second in the mile. It was also the highest finish for a thrower since 2004 when Jessica Cosby placed third in the shot put and Cari Soong placed eighth in the weight throw. The second-place finish was the highest for a weight thrower since 2001 when Christina Tolson finished second.
Storm was the sole competitor for the women's team and they end the meet with eight total team points.