As the Prairie Fire indoor track and field team gets closer to conference, Christina Davis just gets better and better.
The senior from Dolton, Ill. shattered her own school record with a distance of 46’ 7.25” in the women’s weight throw last Saturday at the Titan Open at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In a deep and talented field of over 20 throwers, Davis bested her own school record by two and a half feet. Her previous record of 44’ 1.25” stood for just one week.
“It was a very impressive effort,” said Co-head Coach Dan Zierfuss. “She had been working hard in practice last week to really improve her technique. The performance just shows what she can do when she puts everything together. Right now, she’s third in the conference, so the sky’s the limit.”
But Davis was not the lone standout on the women’s team. Freshman Sara Brown and sophomore Kristi Weller finished 19th and 21st respectively in the 55-meter dash.
“We were pleased with the sprinters, especially Sara and Kristi,” Zierfuss said. “They all ran very well.”
Junior distance runner Tanya Novotnak placed 10th in the 3000-meter dash, while the women’s 4×400 meter relay team dropped 10 seconds off their time. In sum, the women’s team placed 12 of 14 in a deep and talented field that featured Illinois Wesleyan, the nation’s number one team.
On the men’s side, the 4×400 meter relay team dropped six seconds off their time.
“We’re really excited about both 4×400 teams,” Zierfuss said. “We can’t wait to see where they can go from here.”
Sophomore Dave Brankin ran the mile in 4:59.15, breaking into the school’s all-time top ten. Senior Adam Kent, though still not in midseason form, had a strong day, finishing 10th in the weight throw and fifteenth in the shot put. Each event featured over fifty competitors.
While the men did not place as a team, Zierfuss was still encouraged by each team’s performance on Saturday.
“It was outstanding competition, and we held our own,” he said. “We want to make our kids better and to improve as a team. Good competition will make them faster and stronger.”
The Prairie Fire will continue their march towards conference at the Jim Green Classic at Illinois College on Saturday before returning home for the Knox Invitational Feb. 13.
“Illinois College will be the only conference team we see Saturday,” Zierfuss said. “But there will be strong competition, some Division II teams and strong Division III teams. We just want to get better.”