Track and Field
Senior Sean Choate was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week by the Knox College Athletic Department after finishing first in the 10K run at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill. on Friday, April 12.
Choate’s time of 32:16.19 is the third best time posted by a runner in the Midwest Conference this season and was just 3.59 seconds off the school record set by Paul Grinis ‘02 in 2000.
Knox’s women scored just one point in the competition with the 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Carolina Goncalves, junior Carli Bogolub and seniors Lizzy Warner and Jenny Linder finishing eleventh.
Overall the men’s team finished in a tie for 14th out of 20 teams while the women finished tied for 14th out of 15 teams.
The Knox College women’s softball team finished 1-4 as hosts of the Midwest Conference Crossover Tournament last weekend in East Peoria, Ill.
Knox dropped their first two games via shutout to Lawrence and Carroll but struck back with a shutout of their own against Beloit. Junior Amber Eisha went the distance against the Buccaneers to get the win while the offense got a big effort from sophomore Kayla Behrens, whose bases loaded double in the seventh inning carried the Prairie Fire to a 5-0 victory.
But the Prairie Fire were unable to use the momentum to close the weekend strong, falling to Ripon and St. Norbert in their final two games.
Knox (4-19, 3-8 MWC) next conference games are home against Grinnell College this weekend.
The Knox College men’s tennis team was denied a four-game win streak by Cornell College after dropping the Midwest Conference matchup 7-2 on Saturday, April 13 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Sophomore Walter Palmer played a key role in Knox’s two wins against the Rams, claiming a come-from-behind victory in number two doubles before winning a number two doubles match with partner and fellow sophomore Karl Ruzgas.
The Prairie Fire takes on Monmouth College this Saturday. Knox needs to win the match to stay alive for a bid in the Midwest Conference tournament.