Sports / The Prairie Fire / February 18, 2009

Indoor track teams feel pressure on Valentine’s Day

The Prairie Fire indoor track teams competed at home on Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Knox Invitational. This meet was the second to last meet before the Midwest Conference (MWC) meet, so the pressure was on.

Expectations were high, as they had the home advantage of being on a familiar track.

“There were a few disappointing performances but overall it was a good meet,” said co-Head Coach Dan Zierfuss.

Though a few athletes had less than stellar performances, some did incredibly well. The women’s 4×400- meter relay team took third in Saturday’s meet and are ranked fifth in the MWC “with the potential to be third [at the conference meet],” Zierfuss said.

On the men’s side, junior Ryan Maniscalco had a great performance in his 3000-meter run. Maniscalco took five seconds off his best time which would put him in the top eight in the MWC and only 13 seconds off the current school record for the 3000-meter run.

The last meet for the Prairie Fire before the MWC Championship will be the University of Dubuque Invite this Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa.

“This meet will give the athletes a final shot at their races for conference, and to improve their seed times,” said Zierfuss, “but we won’t be pushing too hard to save some legs for conference.”

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