Sports / The Prairie Fire / February 4, 2009

Prairie Fire’s track teams struggle at Titan Open

While some individuals did well last Saturday, the men’s indoor track team overall placed 16th out of 18 teams and the women’s team received no score when the Prairie Fire men and women’s indoor track teams traveled to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. to compete in the Titan Open.

“All the meets now lead toward and build up to conference,” said co-head coach Dan Zierfuss. “The goal right now is to do individually well and improve.”

Junior Adam Kent broke his own school record in the men’s weight throw with a throw of 15.47 meters, which earned him a fourth-place finish. Freshman Kristi Weller finished in 19th place in both the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash leaving her barely out of the finals. Another freshman with an outstanding performance was Brenna DeGan, who set a personal record in the mile with a 5:47, good for 14th place.

“The ladies [4×400 meter] team did well, taking four seconds off their best time,” Zierfuss said.

Next up for the team is the Cornell College Hilltop Open this Saturday in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

“We are looking for more of the same,” Zierfuss said. “We are moving forward toward conference. It is the half way point of the season and the pressure is building.”

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