It was not the record-breaking weekend the Prairie Fire indoor track and field team had been getting used to — but that does not mean it was disappointing.
Sixteen different season-best performances were recorded at the Jim Green Classic at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill.
“Overall, it was a really good weekend for us,” said co-head coach Dan Zierfuss. “We had a lot of season-best performances.”
The standout performance came from the women’s 4×200 meter relay team. Shaving three seconds off their season best time, the relay team finished first, defeating Lincoln and Illinois College.
“We’re really looking to place at conference at the end. It’s our goal,” said junior captain Claire Knowlton. “We have the fourth best time in the conference right now, so we’re really close.”
Knowlton also starred in the 55-meter hurdles, recording the second fastest time in school history in the prelims with a time of 9.38 seconds. She finished seventh overall. Senior Ryan Maniscalco finished eighth in the one mile run with a time of 4:39 — just two seconds off the school record.
The Prairie Fire will return home this Saturday for the Knox Invitational.
“It should be a good little meet,” Zierfuss said. “There will be just seven teams there, and some won’t have full squads. It will still be a challenge, and we get to see one of our conference rivals in Beloit.”
The meet will be in T. Fleming Fieldhouse. Field events will start at 10 a.m. and track events at 11 a.m.