Hayden Knott had a stellar track and field season.
The sophomore won the Illini Prairie Conference meet shot put and discus titles.
Knott tossed the discus 145 feet, 2 inches for the best mark and he did the same in the shot put with a throw of 48-5.
At the Clinton
He also won the Falcon Invitational discus competition with a toss of 138 feet, 3 inches.
At a meet held in Rantoul that included Champaign Central, Clinton
At the sectional meet, Knott had a state-qualifying toss of 49 feet, 3.25 inches in the shot put that landed him a fourth-place finish.
He qualified for the state meet and competed this past Thursday in the preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Knott unleashed a throw of 48 feet, 8 inches, but that mark wasn’t good enough to move on to Saturday’s finals in the event.
Head coach Jason Retz said Knott has a lot to be proud of.
“He has improved nearly 7 feet this year,” Retz said.
Knott was recently named St. Joseph-Ogden’s
Knott said the best thing about being a
Knott said he was honored to be nominated by Retz and recognized as the
“I feel proud that he recognized me,” he said.