Last weekend, the Prairie Fire men’s and women’s indoor track teams traveled to Monmouth, Ill. to compete in the Midwest Conference (MWC) Championship, a meet they had been anticipating all season.
The men’s team placed eighth while the women’s team placed ninth. Though the results were lower than the coaches or athletes had expected, nobody was let down.
“[The Conference Meet] was more competitive in our league than it had been in a long time,” said co-head coach Dan Zierfuss.
All the athletes performed well with 37 personal best times being recorded.
“I feel that the team did really well. We supported one another and we surprised other schools at conference. I don’t think anyone was expecting us to score as many points as we did,” said senior captain Jaclyn Anderson.
Anderson was one of the team’s standout athletes, placing fifth in the triple jump, sixth in the long jump and tying for sixth in the high jump. Also competing well for the women were freshman Chelsea Coley and junior Christina Davis. Coley took fifth in the pole vault while Davis took seventh in both the weight throw and the shot put.
The star of the meet was junior Adam Kent who is the new MWC Champion in the weight throw. His 52 feet, two and a half inch throw, gave him the school record by almost a foot. This is the third time this season Kent has broken the record. His conference title in the weight throw was the lone individual conference title for the Prairie Fire during the Indoor track and field season.
In the shot put, Kent threw 46 feet, eight and three fourths inches, good enough for sixth place in the MWC which is also a personal record for Kent.
Also setting a new school record was the distance medley relay team who placed fifth. The team was comprised of freshman Kevin Box, sophomore Bill Schaefer, junior Ryan Maniscalco, and senior Mike Dooley. Their time was 10:55.03 which shattered the old record of 11:05.10 set in 2001.
“This indoor season,” Zierfuss said, “was a success.”
But it is not over just yet, the team is hopeful they will qualify for nationals when they compete in the Karl Schlender Last Chance Meet which will take place on Saturday.
The Knox Sports Information Department contributed to this story.