Sports / The Prairie Fire / Uncategorized / April 17, 2013

Spring sports roundup

Track and Field
Senior Sean Choate was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week by the Knox College Athletic Department after finishing first in the 10K run at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill. on Friday, April 12.
Choate’s time of 32:16.19 is the third best time posted by a runner in the Midwest Conference this season and was just 3.59 seconds off the school record set by Paul Grinis ‘02 in 2000.
Knox’s women scored just one point in the competition with the 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Carolina Goncalves, junior Carli Bogolub and seniors Lizzy Warner and Jenny Linder finishing eleventh.
Overall the men’s team finished in a tie for 14th out of 20 teams while the women finished tied for 14th out of 15 teams.

Senior Sean Choate runs during the Knox College Open Friday March 29 at Turner Track. Choate took first place in the 10K at the Lee Calhoun Invitation Friday April 12 in Macomb, Ill. (Jason Deschamps/TKS).

Senior Sean Choate runs during the Knox College Open Friday March 29 at Turner Track. Choate took first place in the 10K at the Lee Calhoun Invitation Friday April 12 in Macomb, Ill. (Jason Deschamps/TKS).

Softball
The Knox College women’s softball team finished 1-4 as hosts of the Midwest Conference Crossover Tournament last weekend in East Peoria, Ill.
Knox dropped their first two games via shutout to Lawrence and Carroll but struck back with a shutout of their own against Beloit. Junior Amber Eisha went the distance against the Buccaneers to get the win while the offense got a big effort from sophomore Kayla Behrens, whose bases loaded double in the seventh inning carried the Prairie Fire to a 5-0 victory.
But the Prairie Fire were unable to use the momentum to close the weekend strong, falling to Ripon and St. Norbert in their final two games.
Knox (4-19, 3-8 MWC) next conference games are home against Grinnell College this weekend.

Men’s tennis
The Knox College men’s tennis team was denied a four-game win streak by Cornell College after dropping the Midwest Conference matchup 7-2 on Saturday, April 13 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Sophomore Walter Palmer played a key role in Knox’s two wins against the Rams, claiming a come-from-behind victory in number two doubles before winning a number two doubles match with partner and fellow sophomore Karl Ruzgas.
The Prairie Fire takes on Monmouth College this Saturday. Knox needs to win the match to stay alive for a bid in the Midwest Conference tournament.

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 cornbeltbaseball.com, 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.

Tags:  amber eisha carolina goncalves Jenny Linder karl ruzgas Kayla Behrens lizzy warner Paul Grinis sean choate walter palmer

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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 cornbeltbaseball.com, 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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