TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – One big reason the Florida State men’s track team rocketed 15 spots to No. 7 in this week’s USTFCCCA National Rankings was the breakout performance of senior transfer Corion Knight.
Knight, a Crawfordville, Fla. native and transfer from Florida Memorial University, posted the No. 3 long jump in the nation on Friday at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and was recognized Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Field Performer of the Week.
The former Wakulla High star registered three indoor career-bests in his series of six jumps, capped by his final attempt 8.02 meter (26-3.75) for the victory. That marks ties for the second-best indoor jump in Florida State history, trailing only Olympian and school record-holder Ngoni Makusha’s 8.21-meter (26-11.25) standard, which is also the ACC record.
Knight’s winning leap not only best the 23-man field in the open division at the Randal Tyson Track Center, but was also better than the top mark among 12 jumpers in the Invitational section, which included nine of the top 25 ranked jumpers in the nation.
He came into the meet with an indoor career-best mark of 7.39 meters (24-2.75) and produced personal-bests of 7.51m and 7.64m before his monster sixth attempt. Knight now leads the ACC in the long jump and ranks third in the high jump, where he has also posted a new career-best (2.16 meters/7-1) in his first season with the Seminoles.
A handful of Florida State athletes will tune up for next week’s ACC Indoor Championships at Clemson when they travel to Texas Tech’s Matador Qualifier on Friday or Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday.