Knox track and field showcased depth in the throw events at the Monmouth Invitational this past weekend, taking home three top five performances in the men’s shot put.
Though Knox opened the season at home two weeks ago, the meet in Monmouth was the first officially scored event of the season. Senior Weston Chenoweth came in third with a throw of 44 feet 1.5 inches, which was good enough for 10th on the Knox all-time individual list.
Freshman James Lenihan and sophomore Brennan McGlauchlen rounded out the top five with throws of 42 feet 11.5 inches and 41 feet .75 inches respectively. McGlauchlen’s throw was a career best.
The men’s team also peppered the top five in the 5K run as sophomore Victor Schultz finished third, followed by sophomore Brian Cole in fourth.
On the women’s side, sophomore Elizabeth Reyes was Knox’s highest finisher, placing second in the women’s 5K run with a time of 20:42.24.
Overall the men placed seventh in the eight team event while the women finished last of eight. Augustana won both the men’s and women’s events, finishing above Midwest Conference powerhouse Monmouth.
Knox next competes at the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open this Saturday, Feb. 1 in Bloomington, Ill.
Cornell trounces Prairie Fire
Since leading 40-35 at halftime in their first meeting back in December, the Knox College women’s basketball team has been outscored 173-95 by Cornell College, including a 116-61 loss to the Rams Tuesday night.
Knox (4-12, 2-9 MWC) was coming out of an 86-75 victory over Lawrence University but were outclassed by the MWC co-leader, Cornell.
While most teams attempt to overcome Knox’s press system by attacking inside, the Rams chose to fight fire with fire, connecting on a staggering 15 three-pointers for the game. Knox fell behind 32-5 before the ten minute mark of the first half and trailed by 57-20 at the halftime buzzer.
The schedule gets no easier for the Prairie Fire this weekend as they hit the road to take on the other team tied for first in the conference in St. Norbert on Saturday.
On the bright side for the Prairie Fire, senior Chantal Heckman was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week after her contribution in an 86-75 victory at Lawrence University on Jan. 25.
Swim teams lag at Principia
The Prairie Fire women finished fourth of six teams while the men pulled up the rear, finishing sixth at the Principia College Panther Invite on Saturday.
Freshman swimmer Madeline Bruce led the women once again, notching a pair of wins for Knox, with a victory in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
The women placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with Bruce, senior Marie Anderson and freshmen Megan Binkley and Clarice Bernett each swimming a leg of the race.
On the men’s side, sophomore Chris Walsh had the best performance, finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke.
Monmouth placed first in the men’s team standings with 595 points, followed by Millikin, Hendrix, Principia and Knox.
The women finished fourth behind Monmouth, Hendrix and Millikin and ahead of host Principa and Illinois College.
The Prairie Fire have only one more meet before the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College February 14-16. Knox travels to Wisconsin for a dual meet next Saturday at Beloit College.