For most Knox students, last week’s “snowpocalypse” was a good thing. But for Knox athletes, the two-day blizzard meant two days without practice. Still, the Prairie Fire traveled to Jacksonville, Ill. for last weekend’s Jim Green Open, hosted by Illinois College (IC).
Of the 12 schools on hand, the women’s team finished seventh, while the men finished in 11th place.
“The inconsistency of the week reflected in some of the races,” freshman Gabe Moreno said. “The meet wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t our strongest either.”
Senior Chloe Bohm and junior Emma Swanson led the way for the women’s team.
Bohm earned the Prairie Fire six points in the 800 meter run, finishing third with a time of 2:31. Swanson also competed in the 800 meter, finishing fourth with a time of 2:37.64. Swanson also competed in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing seventh with a time of 10.45 seconds.
The men’s team finished 11th of 12 at IC. Moreno led the Prairie Fire again, finishing fifth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:55.80. Sophomore Sean Choate finished sixth in the 5000 meter run. Freshman Matt Brongo finished 14th in the 800 meter run.
Junior Tony Sickley finished one spot out of qualifying in the men’s shot put, and committed fouls in all of his attempts at the weight throw.
After an inconsistent week, the Prairie Fire will return home for the Knox Open on Saturday in T. Fleming Fieldhouse.
“We all know what we need to work on to have strong performances at home,” Moreno said, “as well as each [of the] following weeks heading into conference. That said, we have to remember it’s still all about running.”
The Knox Open will begin at 10 a.m. with field events. Track events will begin at 11 a.m.