With only two meets left before the Midwest Conference meet at Illinois College, the Prairie Fire outdoor track and field teams sought to continue their progress last Saturday at the Monmouth Invite.
Forced to battle inclement weather, the team impressed co-head coach Dan Zierfuss with their resilience.
“The weather certainly wasn’t ideal, but we overcame it,” Zierfuss said. “I thought the athletes had good performances in not-so-good conditions.”
All four relay teams improved on their season-best times, with the women’s 4×400 team leading the way again, this time shaving three-and-a-half seconds off their time. They placed eleventh. The men’s 4×400 team took eighth out of 16 teams, as they dropped a full five seconds off their time.
“We were pleased to see such across-the-board improvement from those teams,” Zierfuss said.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Emma Swanson placed fifth out of nineteen runners. The sophomore from West Des Moines, Iowa recorded a time of 1:08.65. Junior Claire Knowlton was not far behind, placing fourteenth with a time of 1:13.57.
Other standout performers included freshman Joe Puntoriero, who continued his solid season with a third place finish in the men’s 200 meter dash. Fellow freshman Jake Swider-Rogers took eleventh in the same race with a time of 23.03 seconds.
In the field events, sophomore Tony Sickley took twelfth in the javelin throw, recording a distance of 42.03 meters. Senior Christina Davis took fourteenth in the women’s javelin, coming in at 26.89 meters.
Davis also placed seventeenth in the women’s hammer throw. Fellow senior Adam Kent took seventeenth out of 35 throwers in the men’s event.
This weekend the Prairie Fire will compete in their final tune-up for the conference meet, the Central Open in Pella, Iowa.