At the end of the first day of the MWC Championships, it didn’t appear as if the Prairie Fire were going to make much noise to silence host Grinnell or any other team; the men’s squad managed only three points, while the women’s team was held scoreless through the 20 events held on the first day of the championship.
The lone point-getter on the first day was junior Ezekiel Jere, who finished sixth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:06.06.
The second day, however, served the team much better. Jere topped his sixth place performance from the previous day with a fourth place finish in the 800 meter event, finishing in 1:56.79, the second fastest such mark in school history.
On top of Jere’s dominance, there were an additional four placements on the day. Senior Weston Chenoweth tied his career-best javelin throw (already good enough for ninth on the Knox all-time top ten individual list) to finish seventh overall. The men’s 4×400 meter relay team, composed of Jere, freshmen Josh Tvrdy and Jeremy Rainey-Brown and sophomore Ian Horne placed seventh, while the 4×100 team composed of Horne, Rainey-Brown, sophomore Peter Liao and junior Jake Swider-Rogers finished eighth.
Rainey-Brown and Tvrdy both added stellar individual performances to their relay work: Rainey-Brown also finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.82, while Tvrdy topped his previous best in the 3000-meter steeplechase by 12 seconds, slotting him at sixth on the all-time top ten individual list for the event.
The performances for the men were good enough for 14 points and a tenth place showing, only a point behind Beloit. The women were unable to score any points over the course of the weekend.
The meet marked the end of the season for both track and field teams.