The theme for seniors Joe Puntoriero and Sean Choate this season has been cementing times in the Knox record books, a theme which continued at the Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.
For the third meet in as many weeks, Puntoriero broke his own record in the 60-meter dash. On the first day of the championships , Puntoriero ran his first sub 7.1 time of his career in the preliminaries, finishing the race in 7.05 seconds, which was good for the second best qualifying time.
The next day in the finals, Puntoriero ran the race in 7.09 but was nipped by just one hundredth of a second for the runner-up spot and had to settle for third. In the 200 meter dash, Puntoriero once again finished third, his time of 22.57 just one hundredth off the school record he set earlier this month at the Grinnell Invite.
For Choate, breaking records came at much larger intervals, especially in the case of the 5,000 meter run. Choate improved on his school record in the event by nearly 14 seconds by finishing the race in 15:15.23. The performance was good for second place, Knox’s highest finish at the meet.
Despite not re-breaking his record in the 3,000-meter run, Choate was able to contribute points in the event by finishing fifth in a time of 9:00.69.
Knox notched points in three other events in the men’s competition, as both the sprint and distance medley relays placed seventh, while junior Westin Chenoweth finished in the top 10 in the shot put.
The women’s team gained points in just two events: the women’s 400 meter dash and the sprint medley relay.