After only a week of practice, the indoor track and field team competed in their first meet at home last Saturday inside the T. Fleming Fieldhouse.
Five teams competed in the Knox Pentangular including Knox, Monmouth College, Cornell College, St. Ambrose University and Iowa Wesleyan University.
“This was an un-scored meet,” said co-head coach Dan Zierfuss. “The emphasis wasn’t on the team score but on getting the team back into shape.”
Even though there was no team placing the Prairie Fire men and woman, all ran well. Zierfuss was “pleasantly surprised” by the results of his runners.
“The team as a whole did an excellent job for only having a week to practice,” said junior sprinter Chandra Wade. “There were no dropped batons and a lot people picked up where they left off last year as far as race times.”
A few athletes stood out with strong performances. Junior Adam Kent placed second overall in the 35 pound weight throw and was only two feet off his current record. For the women, senior Jaclyn Anderson was picked out by Zierfuss as having a stellar first meet. Anderson placed third in both the high jump and the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.
The Prairie Fire has high hopes for this year.
“I’d like to see both the men and women place higher at conference than they did last year,” Zierfuss said.
Last year at the indoor track and field Midwest Conference meet the Knox men placed eighth and the women placed ninth. The team has their sights set on the conference meet as well.
“I would like to take as many people as possible to indoor conferences,” Wade said, “to show other teams the Knox College track team is a forced to be reckoned with.”
The next meet for the Prairie Fire with be the Monmouth Invitational on Saturday at Monmouth College.