Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 28, 2009

Prairie Fire place fifth in Monmouth Invitational

Last Saturday, the Monmouth Invitational took place at Monmouth College and was a tough meet for both the Knox men and women’s indoor track and field teams.

Both the men and women’s teams worked hard but still placed fifth out of five teams.

“This meet was really competitive,” said co-head coach Dan Zierfuss. “It had some of the best Division Three teams in the country. We knew it was going to be tough.”

These “best Division Three teams” includes Illinois Wesleyan University (whose women’s team took first place), Augustana College (who took first place in the men’s competition), Monmouth College and Wartburg College.

The Prairie Fire will have some drills to do at practice to improve in the future, including, “more constant starts out of the blocks and exchanges on relays,” Zierfuss said. “This meet turned out to be what we were hoping for…the team responded well to the tests of this meet.”

Junior Adam Kent was a standout athlete, placing third in shot-put and fourth in weight throw, narrowly missing his school record by 8.89 centimeters. Senior Jaclyn Anderson also had a career best in the high jump, with a jump of 1.51 meters.

“Both of the [4×400 meter relay] teams did really well also,” Zierfuss said. The men’s team placed eleventh and the women came in sixth. After a tough meet, the indoor track team looks forward to their next meet, the Titan Open, which will be held on Saturday in Bloomington, Ill. They hope they can advance even further towards their goal of a good finish at the Midwest Conference meet.

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