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TRACK: Colton's Malik Knott excels as rain gives way to warmer weather


The Vikings' sophomore won the 100, 200 and long jump at last week's West Valley League meet

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Colton's Malik Knott (left) won the 100-meter dash with a hand-held time of 11.1 seconds, edging Gervais' Pieter Top and Westside Christian's Zijie Fu during Thursday's West Valley League meet at Colton High School.When the sun came out last week and temperatures climbed, Colton’s Malik Knott saw his sprint times drop.

The Vikings’ sophomore speedster pulled off an impressive sprint double, setting personal bests in both the 100- and 200-meter races during Thursday’s West Valley League track and field meet at Colton High School.

Knott also won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 2 1/2 inches to remain undefeated this season in that event, running his record to 5-0.

“This is the first good weather we’ve had for a meet,” Knott said as temperatures rose into the mid 80s for the second day in a row. “These conditions are better, because you’re not as cold and your muscle aren’t as tight. You’re more loose.”

Knott didn’t get the start that he had hoped for in the 100 and had to chase down Zijie Fu of Westside Christian and Pieter Top of Gervais, nipping both at the finish to win in a time of 11.1 seconds. Fu and Top were both clocked in 11.2.

In the 200, the same three-way battle unfolded with Knott winning in 22.7, followed closely by Top (22.8) and Fu (22.9).

Because the times were recorded using hand-held stopwatches, each was converted for consideration among this season’s top marks in the state. As a result, Knott’s time of 11.34 is tied for the fastest time of the season among Class 3A runners, while his 22.94 in the 200 ranks second.

Knott’s long jump performance was impressive in that he struggled with he steps and ended up taking off on the wrong foot on all three attempts, yet still managed to crack the 20-foot barrier on his second jump.

“I could have done better,” Knott said. “I hoping I can hit 22 feet. I think I’m right there.”

On the girls side, Colton senior Paige Lindstrom won the javelin with a personal best of 102-5, shattering her previous best of 94-7.

Lindstrom also won the 100 hurdles in 18.1 seconds (18.34 converted) and placed second in 300 hurdles in a personal best of 51.7 seconds (51.84 converted).

Sophomore Brylee Moyle pulled off a distance double for the Vikings, winning the 1,500 in a personal best time of 5:28.70 (previous best, 5:36.09), and then winning the 3,000 in 12:17.80.