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The Vikings' sophomore posted a personal best of 11.22 seconds during Thursday's preliminaries of the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene's Hayward Field

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Colton's Malik Knott (far left) advanced to Friday's final of the Class 3A boys' 100-meter dash after posting a personal best of 11.22 seconds in Thursday's preliminary of the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene's Hayward Field. Lakeview's Lane Hadley (second from right) won the heat with the day's fastest time of 11.04.Colton sophomore Malik Knott advanced to Friday’s Class 3A boys’ 100-meter dash final after posting a personal best of 11.22 seconds in Thursday’s preliminaries of the the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field.

The top three finishers in two preliminary heats plus the next two fastest times advanced to the finals. Knott finished fourth in his heat, but advanced with the day’s fourth-fastest time overall.

“It felt good, really good,” said Knott, who set his previous best of 11.34 three weeks ago in a West Valley League meet at Colton. “I wasn’t planning on getting first today. I was planning on making it to finals, which happened, so that’s good.

“I thought I got a pretty good start. It was smooth the whole, entire way through, and I think I finished strong.”

Lakeview’s Lane Hadley had the fastest preliminary time of 11.04, running in the same heat with Knott. Hadley was followed across the finish line by Clatskanie’s Codi Blodgett in 11.12 and De La Salle North’s Darion Smalley in 11.13.

“I’ve never run against any of those guys. That was my first time ever,” said Knott, who also qualified for Thursday’s 3A boys’ long jump final. “I’ll be happy with whatever I get in the 100 right now.”

In the 3A girls' 3,000, Colton sophomore Brylee Moyle placed ninth in a time of 11:55.92. Moyle won last week's West Valley League district title in a personal best time of 11:25.08, earning a spot in the state meet for the first time.

— Jim Beseda / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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