The Knox College men’s tennis team dropped a pair of conference matches this past weekend, falling to Lake Forest 8-1 on the road and Grinnell 9-0 at home.
In the road match against the Foresters Knox’s lone victory came in number three doubles. The duo of freshman Jonathan Ng and junior David Ham took down Lake Forest’s Kevin Lasky and Tommy White 8-4.
Ham and junior Shuan Mulani each took the opening set in their singles matches, but ultimately fell in three sets to the Foresters’ Anthony Mykaylosky and Nick Cantor respectively.
The following day the Prairie Fire faced the tough task of trying to take down the Grinnell Pioneers. Due to rainy conditions the match was moved indoors, but the change of setting did not effect the visitors. Grinnell, winners of nine of the last MWC men’s tennis championships, won each of the nine matches competed. Grinnell is unbeaten in conference play and has advanced to the MWC Team Championships along with Monmouth College. .
Knox (4-12, 0-3 MWC South) hosts Illinois College (1-9, 0-3 MWC South) on April 21 in their last match of the regular season. Knox will then prepare for the MWC Singles and Doubles Championships in Madison, Wisc. on April 29 and 30.
Track and field
Two top three finishes and MWC season best time highlighted the Knox College track and field team’s performance at the Lee Calhoun Invitational on April 13 and 14.
Senior Kevin Box placed second in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:46.42. The time ranks fourth all-time in the event at Knox. The other top three result on the men’s side came from sophomore Weston Chenoweth who finished third in the javelin with a throw of 154-foot, 1-inch. Chenoweth’s effort ranks ninth on the all-time individual list at Knox and is tied for the third longest throw in the Midwest Conference this season.
Though junior Sean Choate finished sixth in the 10K run, his time of 32:50.36 was significant in that it was the fastest time posted by a MWC runner this season. He also had a standout performance in the 10K for the Prairie Fire. Choate’s previous best was 33:54.44, which he set last season.
In the women’s meet senior Emma Swanson was the lone competitor to score for Knox with her seventh place finish in the 400 meter hurdles team.
Knox was 11th in the final men’s standings while placing 13th in the women’s meet. The Prairie Fire’s next event is the Beloit Invitational on April 21.
Senior Bobby Steubi and sophomore James Fenner each placed in the top 15 for the Knox College men’s golf team at the Augustana Invitational this past weekend.
Steubi opened with a first round 75 to place him tenth in the individual standings while Fenner’s first round 79 left him in a tie for 25th. On day two it was Fenner who provided the better score, firing a 72 to jump to 11th in the final standing. Steubi closed with a 79, dropping five spots to finish in a tie for 15th.
As a team, Knox shot a 331 in the first round, then improved 18 strokes by firing a 313 during the second round. The 313 was the third lowest team score the Prairie Fire have shot this season, and propelled them to tie for 15th place in the 22 team tournament.
Things did not go as well for the Prairie Fire at the McNaughton Memorial on Monday, April 16.
Playing without Fenner and Steubi, Knox shot a team score of 350 for 10th place in the tournament, hosted by Illinois College at the Jacksonville Country Club.
Senior Jamie Jang fired an 82 to lead Knox. Fellow senior Ben Wetherbee was next with an 85. Jang and Wetherbee finished tied for 30th and 43rd respectively.
Knox will next compete in the Blueboy Invitational on April 28 and 29 at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield, ILL.