A pair of Knox College seniors continued to etch their names in the indoor track record books with a pair of solid performances at the Illinois College Alumni Classic on Friday, Feb. 15.
Senior Joe Puntoriero improved his time in the 60-meter dash to 7.10 seconds at the meet, besting his previous best and school record time of 7.13 which he set earlier this month.
“We weren’t even looking for [Puntoriero] to [break the record again], but he came out and impressed [the coaching staff],” head coach Jason Haynes said.
For Puntoriero, who also owns the school record in the 200-meter dash, the motivation to consistently improve comes from a desire to keep his name at the top for more than just a few years.
“As much as I have knocked down my times, this year I want the record to stay up there,” Puntoriero said.
Joining Puntoriero in the club of multi-record holders was senior Sean Choate, who won the 3,000 meter run in a school best 8.55.04. Choate broke the 5,000-meter record earlier this season and has given Haynes more than enough evidence he can perform well in his only two events.
“It’s one of those things where I think Sean did not feel he was fast enough [to get the 3.000-meter record], but he more than proved himself,” Haynes said. “I’m really happy with where he’s sitting heading into the conference championship.”
With the two events placed on separate days of the Midwest Conference Championships, Haynes believes Choate will not have trouble focusing.
“I know [Choate],” Haynes said. “As soon as he’s done with the 5K [on Friday], he’ll be looking right at the 3K not even 30 seconds after he finishes the race.”
Other highlights from the meet were the women’s 4×200 meter relay team, which took first place in a time of 1.57.85 and senior Dan Johnson’s career best throw of 47 feet, five and three-quarter inches in the men’s weight throw.
“The competition in the women’s 4×200 is really tough, but we’re hoping they can get some points for the team,” Haynes said. “[Johnson] threw a personal record by over three feet, so I would not be surprised if he can get us some points this weekend.”