Sports / The Prairie Fire / March 2, 2016

TKS Player of the Week

The Prairie Fire track and field teams hosted the Midwest Conference Championships last weekend in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse, and the home field advantage seemed to provide sophomore Shadrack Ofori-Boadi the edge he needed to dominate the surrounding MWC competition.

Ofori-Boadi qualified for the finals in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.22 seconds, good enough for third place all time, a personal record for him. He then proceeded to place third in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.09 seconds, moving into second place all time. Ofori-Boadi was also a part of the 4×200 team that placed third and the 4×400 relay team that finished sixth.

On the women’s side, freshman Val Varanese set a new record time of 8.05 seconds to qualify for the women’s 60-meter dash, a record she subsequently broke by .01 seconds in the final to earn sixth place overall in the competition.

Sophomore Rebecca Katz broke her previous best time of 19:19.51 in the 5000-meter run, finishing in just over 19 minutes, a time good enough to qualify for third best performance ever at Knox.

Both Prairie Fire teams finished the meet in 10th place despite the records set. The meet signaled the end of the indoor season and the beginning of the outdoor cross country season.

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.

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