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

Lightning clinch Atlantic Division, Presidents’ Trophy

first_img“It was pretty special,” Stamkos said after the game. “I didn’t know how it was going to happen or how I was going to feel. But there was definitely some emotions, especially during that TV timeout and the crowd’s reaction. … That’s when it really hit me.”The Lightning will return to the ice Wednesday against the Capitals. NHL draft lottery will take place April 9 This is the second consecutive season the team has sat atop its division.No other team is touching the @TBLightning this season. They’ve officially clinched the Presidents’ Trophy. pic.twitter.com/jLWe76yr3G— NHL (@NHL) March 19, 2019First in the Atlantic Division is a wrap.The @TBLightning clinch the top seed. pic.twitter.com/vkkwxaYurt— NHL (@NHL) March 19, 2019Tampa Bay has won 17 of its last 19 games and holds a 56-13-4 record as it heads into the final weeks of the regular season.  Related News On top of the win, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos became the all-time franchise leader in goals (384) after opening the scoring against the Coyotes.  The Lightning are in.With Monday’s 4-1 win over the Coyotes, Tampa Bay clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division and earned the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season. The Lightning have tallied 116 points, well above the rest of the league.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesian’s JJ Olson Returns From Injury to Win WISL…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansReturning for the first time from an off-season injury, Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson made 26 saves and held the high-powered Bellingham offense to just two goals over the first three quarters on Saturday night, and was voted Western Indoor Soccer League Defensive Player Of The Week for week 10 by league coaches and club operators.The Saint Martin’s grad played a game for the ages. On The Pavilion’s small field that traditionally yields high scores and against the #2 team in the league both in record and in scoring who scored 14 goals on the Artesians earlier in the season, Olson held Bellingham to just one goal at even strength in a 5-4 loss. He made 26 saves despite facing constant pressure while Oly Town’s offense struggled to keep possession in the second half. Eventually, the Hammers took advantage and scored two power play goals and scored once with a man advantage after pulling their goalkeeper to add a sixth attacker.This is Olson’s second WISL Player Of The Week award. The Lakeville, Minnesota native took home the prize last season with a big 7-5 win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves. In his fourth season with the Artesians, Olson has started the most games at goalkeeper and has the most wins of any goalkeeper in club history but was only able to play in one game this season. Injuries beset Oly Town keepers this season. Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson both suffered season ending injuries early on. Defender Ryan Fakkema was converted into a keeper and played admirably in five games.This was the third Player Of The Week award for the Artesians this season. Eli Boatright was named Offensive POTW for his game tying goal in a 4-4 week nine draw in Snohomish. And Chris Pugh was also named Offensive POTW last week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force.The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their league schedule with Olson’s grand performance, but they will host one more game this Saturday night with Austin Kelley Night, an annual celebration of soccer in memory of friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick in the friendly between the Artesians and the Oly Legends is set for 6:30 at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.Stay up to date with the Artesians during the off-season and heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more