The men’s and women’s cross country teams made their mark on the Knox record books with solid performances at the Midwest Conference Championships last Saturday in Ripon, Wis.
Senior Emma Swanson broke the school record for the women’s 6k run, finishing the race in 24:13, besting the previous best of 24:33 set by Elle Dust in 2003.
The women also saw career best times from senior Brenna Degan (26:09), sophomore Yael Cody (26:20) and freshman Jade Ivy (26:35), but managed just a ninth place finish out of a strong 10 team field.
For the men, senior Kevin Box posted a 25:45 finish in the 8k, the second best time in Knox history. Box was joined by sophomore Gabe Moreno (26:09) in earning all-conference honors. As a team, the men finished in fifth place, the best team showing since 2003.
Knox’s final meet will be the NCAA regionals hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., on Nov. 12.
It was a rough senior day for the men’s soccer team, as the Prairie Fire fell to Lake Forest College 5-1 in the final home game of the year.
The Foresters started the scoring early, notching their first tally within the first two minutes of the game. They would eventually extend the lead to 5-0, but Max Gatyas prevented the shutout by finding the net in the 71st minute. The goal was Gatyas’ team-leading fifth of the season.
In the season finale against Grinnell the Prairie Fire got off to another rough start, falling behind 2-0 in the first 20 minutes. Senior Jack Barthell cut the lead in half by scoring a goal in the 23rd minute, but the Pioneers responded with six unanswered goals to take an 8-1 lead.
The Prairie Fire finished winless in the conference for the season.