Sports / The Prairie Fire / May 14, 2014

Few highlights for track at conference

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.

Freshman Jeremy Rainey-Brown races at the Monmouth Fighting Scot Open on Saturday, May 3. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Freshman Jeremy Rainey-Brown races at the Monmouth Fighting Scot Open on Saturday, May 3. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

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.

Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Tags:  ezekiel jere ian horne jake swider-rogers jeremy rainey-brown josh tvrdy knox college track and field peter liao weston chenoweth

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