Illinois native Austin Rauch took the Midwest Conference by storm this last week with his incredible performance at the Midwest Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. This isn’t the first time Rauch has performed well. In his meet at Illinois Wesleyan for the Prairie Fire, he jumped an outstanding 2.08 meters. His jump at that meet gained him national recognition. It punched his tickets for the Division Finals in Boston and etched his name into Knox history forever by breaking the record once held by Larry Ide, a 1979 member of the track program, at 6’8”. Rauch is used to performing on the biggest of stages, so the pressure doesn’t scare the former Illinois 2A State Champion.
Knox travelled to Monmouth and competed well at the Indoor MWC Championships. Derrick Jackson broke the school record in the 60m dash, Ethan Sena tied for fourth on pole vault and Takira Koonce brought the Conference title back to Galesburg in the Women’s 200m while also resetting her own school record. Everybody had their eyes on Rauch as he stepped up to win the Conference Championship. He jumped an amazing 2.03m and that was his second best jump of his career at Knox. After winning men’s high jump, the MWC also rewarded him with Newcomer of the Year. Rauch looks to continue his great form Mar. 2 at the Wartburg College Qualifiers.