Knight finishes as state runner-up in high jump


BATON ROUGE — Central Catholic’s Meo Knight finished as state runner-up in the high jump to lead the school’s three-person contingent at Friday’s Class 1A state meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium.

While Knight and state champion Jasmine White of Logansport both cleared 5 feet, 6 inches, White was given the title because she had fewer misses at the bar than Knight did.

“I knew that it would come to me either getting my PR or it would be about misses, and I happened to miss at 5-2, which I usually don’t do,” Knight said.

Twice, Knight kept herself in the competition by completing jumps on her third and final attempt.

While both White and Knight went for a Class 1A meet record of 5 feet, 8 inches, neither could nail the jump. The Class 1A record of 5 feet, 7.5 inches was set in 2004 by Carmia Carroll of Southern Lab.

“She jumped 5-6, which she’s done three or four times this year,” Central Catholic coach David Fuhrer said. “She had a chance at 5-8. She was over the bar, just knocked it down. (She) had her chances. That’s the way it goes.”

Fuhrer said he was proud of Knight’s finish this year, noting she had a good year.

Both White and Knight came into the meet besting their regional marks. White had entered as the second seed with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, while Knight entered at 5 feet, 4 inches, although she had previously jumped 5 feet, 6 inches during the regular season and at the District 8-1A meet.

Fuhrer said White’s state jump was a personal record.

In addition to the personal record by her opponent, Knight said that the cold probably was a factor for her.

Sal Grizzaffi, who competed in the 1,600 meter run and 3,200 meter run for Central Catholic, finished eighth in the 1,600 meter with a time of 5:05.86 and seventh in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 11:10.65.

Fuhrer said Grizzaffi “didn’t run too bad in the 1,600. He was in a field with some very strong runners.”

The Central Catholic coach said Grizzaffi’s 3,200 meter run broke his personal record of 11:13 and also broke the school record again.

“He’s in a field with some experienced runners and strong runners, and I’m just looking forward to the future with Sal the next two years,” Fuhrer said.

Grizzaffi entered state seeded eighth in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:02.65 and he was seeded sixth in the 3,200 meter run

He entered the 3,200 meter run ranked sixth with a time of 11:19.42.

In other action, Central Catholic’s David Brown, in his first year on the track team, finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 6 inches.

“He had a very good season. I was proud of him and his accomplishments to make it here.”

Despite the cold and windy conditions with temperatures dipping into the low 50s near the end of the evening, Fuhrer said he didn’t think it affected his participants because everyone had to cope with the conditions.

Still, he said it was unusual.

“I don’t ever remember a state track meet being this cold,” he said.

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