Behind ‘out of body experience,’ Justyn Knight wins NCAA individual title

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ He went “all out” in the final 100 meters to create a gap between himself and Northern Arizona’s Matthew Baxter.  He knew he wanted to finish with a kick because he wasn’t in enough of a physical state to lead, he said. Before he crossed the finish line, Knight took a peek to his left. He saw his coach, Chris Fox, who smiled at him. He said he heard his mother, too, which helped propel him past everyone else.In his final strides, Knight looked up to the sky and brushed his hands across his chest to reveal the name of the team he’s come to define. After he crossed the finish line with an official time of 29:00.1, Knight hugged Baxter and Tyler Day, both Northern Arizona runners whom he passed on the straightaway (The Lumberjacks took the team championship with 74 points). Minutes after the race, the cramp still lingered as Knight hugged Fox, who promised him at the beginning of his career a team and individual title. In 2015, Knight helped SU win the former. Saturday, he won the latter. Next, Knight found Herman Frazier, Syracuse’s senior deputy athletic director, and walked over to embrace him. Frazier helped led the United States to a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. The moment between Knight and Frazier marked the conclusion of Knight’s four-year career at SU. Frazier told him how proud he was considering how hard Knight fought to reach this point. Published on November 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Justyn Knight had a cramp. It was four kilometers into the 10-kilometer NCAA Championship and Knight, the most decorated runner in Syracuse history, was hovering around sixth place. Twice he had finished within the top four of the national championship, but he felt a knot in his stomach. Knight did not relent Saturday morning at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. He stayed within striking distance the whole race, several strides from the leaders. He was well aware that he had never captured the one thing that had eluded him: an individual title. Saturday morning was his final chance. Then he weathered the cramp and kicked into high gear. He wasn’t letting his senior year end by “wimp(ing) out,” he said.“I was just sitting in third or second place,” Knight said. “And when I got to the straightaway (with 300 meters left), I just had an out of body experience and said, ‘You know, Justyn, you’re going to look back at this and if you don’t go right now, you’re going to regret it for the rest of your life.’ So I just did that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Knight said he often spoke with Frazier and Floyd Little, a three-time All-American running back at Syracuse in the 1960s, about running in college. Knight said they guided him to where he is today.That journey started with a 143rd-place finish in the NCAA Championships of Knight’s freshman year. His sophomore season, he climbed 139 spots to finish fourth and lead his team to its first NCAA title. And after last year’s second-place finish, he wanted more.On Saturday, Knight finally won the title he spent four years chasing. “I’ve come really close too many times,” Knight said. “It’s just really heartwarming to bring it home for Syracuse.” Commentslast_img read more

Win will take Connacht top of Pro12

first_imgKick-off in Wales is at half-past seven.Meanwhile, Ulster have confirmed the signing of 28-time capped Springbok back row Marcell Coetzee ( Cut-see-ah) who’ll join in the Summer.The 24-year-old has signed a 3 year deal.last_img

FIANNA FAIL THREAT TO MAKE COUNCIL ‘UNWORKABLE’ SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN – SINN FEIN

first_imgSinn Fein councillor Jack Murray has said he is deeply concerned after comments made by Fianna Fáil whip Ciaran Brogan at Donegal County Council’s AGM yesterday. After losing the vote to have a second FF mayor in this term of the council, Ciaran Brogan said that Fianna Fáil would make the council unworkable.Cllr Brogan raised eyebrows when he said  that Fianna Fail will no longer be turning up for budget meetings or the development plan adding that Fianna Fail will no longer be here for “making up numbers”. Commenting after the meeting, Cllr Murray said that for the first time in the history of Donegal, every grouping in the council will have a year as mayor.“Fianna Fáil had it first, followed by Sinn Féin. Fine Gael have just completed their year. Labour has just been appointed for this year and the last year will go to an Independent Councillor. That is power sharing at its best.“This is a move away from the One Party Rule that Fianna Fáil had implemented in Donegal County Council and our four Town Councils for decades. It is very welcome.“Fianna Fáil responding to power sharing and democracy by threatening to make the council ‘unworkable’ is deeply worrying. No Party should threaten the people of Donegal in their pursuit of power,” he said. He added that everyone has a duty to put party politics aside for the greater good of the people we represent.“As such, we need to unite as a council and work together. This means supporting the democratic will of the people.“Cllr Brogan’s comments may have been an emotional outburst and may not reflect the feelings of his Party. If this is the case, I would call on Cllr Brogan or a Fianna Fáil representative to withdraw those comments immediately,” insisted Cllr Murray. FIANNA FAIL THREAT TO MAKE COUNCIL ‘UNWORKABLE’ SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN – SINN FEIN was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran BroganCllr Jack Murraylast_img read more