After a season of unseasonably cold temperatures, high winds and heavy rain, Knox’s outdoor track and field teams are finally competing in decent weather—just in time for the conference championship.
In the final meet before the Midwest Conference Championship, last Saturday’s Monmouth Invitational at Monmouth College, Knox’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams finished ninth and 10th respectively.
Head coach Dan Zierfuss felt good about his team’s performance.
“The meet went great,” Zierfuss said. “A perfect conference tune-up with a lot of good performances—athletes improving their times and marks, getting into a good position for conference.”
Senior Chloe Bohm had a standout performance for the women’s team, finishing sixth—securing three points—in the 400 meter dash. Junior Rayann Parkinson finished eighth in the 400 meter. Senior Claire Knowlton notched a point for the Prairie Fire with an eighth place performance in the 400 meter hurdles.
The women’s 4×400 relay team also stood out, placing fourth and recording their best time of the season by four seconds.
The women’s team totaled 15 points, good for 10th place, and just one point behind ninth place Iowa Central.
The men’s team was led by some familiar faces. Freshman Gabe Moreno had Knox’s top showing of the day, a second place finish in the 5000 meter run, good for eight points. Sophomore Joe Puntoriero finished seventh in the 200 meter dash. Senior Bill Schaefer had a season best time of 16.58 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles, placing ninth overall in the event. Schaefer also took sixth in the 400 meter hurdles. Coach Zierfuss was excited by his senior’s standout performance.
“Bill put himself in a good position,” Zierfuss said. “He’s right where he needs to be heading to conference.”
Next week, Knox will again travel to Monmouth, Ill. for the Midwest Conference Championship, hosted by Monmouth College. Zierfuss emphasized his team’s readiness heading to conference.
“We’re ready to go. We’ve had some good performances this season and a good week of practice […] We’re just ready to get out there, give it our best, and see where the points fall.”
Events begin Friday morning at 11 a.m.