CCHS will send three to Class 1A state meet
By GEOFF STOUTE
Central Catholic will have three competitors participating in the Class 1A state track and field meet today at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium.
Junior Meo Knight will participate in the high jump, while sophomore Sal Grizzaffi will compete in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs and senior David Brown, in the shot put.
Knight enters state with the meet’s best mark in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Jasmine White has the second-best effort at 5-feet, 2 inches.
While Knight’s mark used for state was her regional qualifying mark, she has successfully completed jumps of 5-feet, 6 inches at multiple meets this season, including the district meet where she won the event before taking top honors at regionals.
Despite the high ranking, Fuhrer said Knight cannot let up at state of worry about anyone else.
“You just don’t go in there thinking you got it made,” he said. “She still (knows) she needs to jump and do her best.”
Grizzaffi placed third in the 1,600 meter run at regionals with a time of 5:02.65, while he placed second in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 11:19.42.
Grizzaffi won the 1,600 meter run in 5:14.38 at district and the 3,200 meter run in 11:55.90 at regionals.
Grizzaffi’s regional 1,600 meter time ranks eighth out of ninth at 5:02.65, two seconds behind the seventh-best qualifying time, while his 3,200 meter time ranks sixth among the qualifiers at 11:19.42.
Fuhrer said Grizzaffi has improved all year long and he broke school records that were approximately 30 years old.
Fuhrer said Grizzaffi can’t worry about anyone else but himself at the state meet.
Brown enters state with a regional mark and personal best of 42 feet, 3 inches in the shot put.
He bested his third-place mark at district of 39 feet, 11 inches.
“Like I told him, you qualified for the state meet, not everyone gets to do that and just go enjoy the moment, go and do your best and let that take care of itself,” Fuhrer said. “Realistically, you can’t think about maybe throwing five feet better than your best than you just threw, so let’s worry about just trying to improve on your regional throw and let it fall where it may.”