TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Corion Knight is a multi-talented athlete and the Florida State senior is also pretty good at multi-tasking – with great success – on meet days as well.
For the second consecutive week Knight won both the high jump and long jump, collecting both Bryan Clay Invitational titles Friday at Azusa Pacific University. On Tuesday, the former Wakulla High star who transferred to FSU from Florida Memorial, picked up his second ACC Field Performer of the Week honor of the year; his first of the outdoor season.
Knight posted a personal-best in the long jump (7.85 meters/25-9.25) to edge teammate Kenneth Fisher (7.75m) for the title. His winning leap, which came in the fifth round, immediately followed a narrow miss at another personal-best in the high jump. Still, he came away with a winning clearance of 2.16 meters (7-1).
“I’m so proud of Corion,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “He’s channeled his indoor nationals disappointment and been on a mission this outdoor season. Those double victories are truly rare.”
Knight has been on fire since failing to make the long jump finals at the NCAA Indoor Championships; placing 13th for second-team All-American honors after entering the competition as the No. 3 seed.
In four outdoor meets this season the rangy jumper with a pair of NAIA national titles under his belt has secured four wins and two runner-up finishes. His performance in California came on the heels of a two-event sweep at Auburn’s Tiger Track Classic, where he registered outdoor personal-bests in the high jump (2.20m/7-2.5) and the long jump (7.68m/25-2.5).
He currently ranks 15th nationally in the high jump and 17th in the long jump. And he’s a combined two centimeters away from leading both events among ACC athletes as well.
“He reminds me of Rafeeq Curry,” Braman said, drawing a comparison to the former Seminole star and multi-time NCAA champion who was inducted in the FSU Hall of Fame in September. “Two-event excellence and he’s probably capable of scoring in the ACC 100-meter dash as well. He’s just a phenomenal athlete.”
Knight will have another opportunity to improve on those individual rankings this coming weekend at the inaugural National Relays at the University of Arkansas. The return trip to Fayetteville should rekindle some fond memories for the man who answers to the nickname, Zeus. At the Feb. 10 Tyson Invitational indoor meet, Knight soared 8.02 meters (26-3.75) for the victory. That’s the No. 2 indoor jump in FSU history.
“Big props to Coach [Keith] Herston for rebuilding Corion’s confidence and getting him into the current groove he’s in,” Braman said.
Knight is the seventh different Seminole – male or female – to earn ACC Performer of the Week honors this outdoor season.