McKendree Debaters Beat 39 Teams, Win Overall Sweepstakes

13 Individual Awards at Webster University Tournament

Lebanon, Ill. — The McKendree University debate team captured its second consecutive overall sweepstakes championship at Webster University on Jan. 27-29. The team also captured first place in debate sweepstakes and the Pi Kappa Delta Award, along with 13 individual awards. Forty colleges and universities competed, including Ohio State University, Rice, and Truman State.

Representing McKendree were seniors Sarah Brown, Anna Chambers, Zak Kilhoffer and Chris Polanc; juniors Lance Allen, Mat Myles, Ben Reid and Ian Reynolds; and sophomores Lucas Barker, Trent Boyer, Eddie Cox, Alex Cunningham, Sarah DeBruyckere, Hannah Ebersohl, Josh Fleming, Brent Nicholson, Brad Thomas and Amanda Walker.

In open parliamentary debate, the team of Nicholson and Reid posted a 5-1 record. After advancing over teammates in octofinals and quarterfinals, they defeated William Jewell College in semifinals. They took second place after losing in finals to another William Jewell team in finals.

Reynolds and Thomas also went 5-1, beating Hillsdale College in octofinals and Sterling College in quarterfinals, before finishing as semifinalists. Barker and Myles had a 5-1 record and finished as quarterfinalists, after defeating a William Jewell team in octofinals. The team of Cunningham and Kilhoffer, as well as the team of Allen and Cox, went 4-2 to finish as octofinalists. Cox was the third place speaker, while Reynolds, Thomas and Cunningham took fourth, ninth and 10th place, respectively.

In novice parliamentary debate, the team of Boyer and Walker went 4-2 and finished as quarterfinalists.

In open Lincoln-Douglas debate, both Kilhoffer and Myles posted 4-2 records and finished as octofinalists. Kilhoffer was the 3rd place speaker in the division.

Up next for the McKendree debaters is Murray State University’s Jackson Purchase Swing, Feb. 3-5.