November 16, 2011

Prairie Fire sports roundup

The Knox College football team had four players honored by the Midwest Conference this week.
Junior linebacker Mike Hendrick was named to the All-MWC First Team Defense after leading the conference with 157 tackles this season. His 15.7 tackles per game leads the nation.
On offense, sophomore lineman Jordan Willits was named to the All-MWC Second, while sophomore running back Derek Mortensen received Honorable Mention honors.
Knox also had a member of the special team honored, as junior punter Doug Lillibridge was named to the All-MWC Second Team.

Women’ Swimming
Both the men’s and women’s swim team took fourth at the Monmouth Invitation on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The women were led by senior Bess Cooley, who took first in the 100-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley, and second in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The Prairie Fire women’s 400-yard medley relay, consisting of Cooley, junior Anna Claypool, senior Rachel Clark and senior Tory Kassabaum, placed third.

Men’s Swimming
Junior Patrick Inness placed second in the 50-yard freestyle, while scoring points in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Inness, junior Chris Holland, senior Alan Ning and senior Tyler O’Neill placed fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
O’Neill finished third in the 100-yard butterfly and also scored in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke.
Lake Forest finished first in the team standings in both the women’s and men’s meets.
The Prairie Fire resumes competition on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Pioneer Classic hosted by Grinnell College.

With a record of 4-2 senior James Wagner took fifth in the heavyweight division of the Knox Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse.
Wagner claimed the medal by defeating Derek Locust of Oklahoma City University (D; 3-1) in his final match of the day. Wagner had previously beaten Locust when the two squared off in the second round.
The fifth place finish was Wagner’s highest in the Knox Invitational in his four-year career.
Knox also received a solid performance from senior Alex Faulkner, who went 2-3 and finished sixth in the 184 pound division.
Freshman Greg Ventris also won two matches in the 165 pound division for the Prairie Fire, while senior Francisco Munoz and sophomores Eric Steingruber and Will Milleville each had one victory for Knox.

The Prairie Fire next wrestles at Augustana College on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Cross Country
Both the men’s and women’s cross country team saw improvements at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional meet Saturday in Rock Island, Ill.
The men’s team placed 26th out of 39 teams, the best regional placement for the men’s cross country program since 2002.
In a field of over 270 runners, sophomore Gabe Moreno led the men’s squad finishing 78th with a time of 26:36.4. Senior Kevin Box was next for the Prairie Fire with a 110th finish and time of 27:13.2.
The women’s team placed 37th, up one spot from the 2010 regional.
Senior Emma Swanson paced the team with a time of 25:23.6 and 149th place finish. Freshman runner Esmeralda Alvarez followed in 27:49 and finished 216th.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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