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TRACK: Colton's Malik Knott wins Class 3A long jump title


The Vikings' sophomore popped a winning mark of 21 feet, 7 3/4 inches on his second attempt of Thursday's finals at the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene's Hayward Field

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Colton's Malik Knott won the Class 3A boys' long jump state title with a leap of 21 feet, 7 3/4 inches during Thursday's final of the OSAA track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Knott, a sophomore, had four marks over 21 feet, including all three in the finals.Colton’s Malik Knott kept his unbeaten long jump streak alive when it mattered most Thursday afternoon.

The Vikings’ sophomore popped a personal best of 21 feet, 7 3/4 inches on his second attempt of the finals to clinch the Class 3A boys’ long jump title on the opening day of the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field.

Lakeview’s Michael Cooney finished second with a jump of 21-1 3/4 on his final attempt and was one of three other competitors with marks over 21 feet.

With the victory, Knott finished the season 8-0 in the long jump, including victories at the Regis Twilight meet and last week’s West Valley League district championships.

“It was great,” said Knott, who placed fourth in the long jump at last year’s state meet. “Good competition, great weather, and ... you couldn't ask for anything better."

Knott, who entered the competition a previous best of 21-1 1/2, finished with four marks over 21 feet, taking the lead in the competition when he matched his previous best on his second attempt of the preliminaries.

“After that 21-1, I knew it was going to be a good day,” Knott said. “Just the fact that I tied my PR (personal record) my second jump, told me that I had a good chance of winning this.”

In the finals, Knott put together an impressive series, going 21-6 3/4, 21- 7 3/4 and 21-6 3/4.

"I was just shocked," Knott said.

Clatskanie’s Cedet Bailey took third at 21-1 1/4 and Salem Academy’s Morgan Strunk was fourth at 21-0 3/4.

Jim Beseda / jbeseda@molallapioneer.com