Canadian Justyn Knight, a student at Syracuse University, unleashed an epic kick in the final lap to win the men’s 5,000m at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) track and field championships. The meet was two levels below the U.S. national collegiate indoor championships (conference -> regionals -> nationals).
The Toronto native ran 25.57, according to the team’s Instagram page, for the final lap in Boston, on a 200m track, to finish in 14:01.70, just 0.08 seconds ahead of Virginia’s Thomas Curtin. Knight congratulates Curtin the moment the two cross the finish line in a fine display of sportsmanship.
Knight won the ACC 5,000m championship last spring in the outdoor equivalent. The ACC is considered one of the most competitive conferences in the U.S.
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Athletes in the United States compete indoors from December to March and outdoors from April to June (roughly).
Knight’s teammate Adam Palamar, an Ottawa native, qualified for the final of the men’s mile, which is expected to go off on Saturday afternoon.
What a night of 5ks here in Boston at ACCs! Shaylyn Tuite placed 4th overall in the women's race running 16:15 with one of the best kicks in the race! That was followed by the men scoring 20 points thanks to a 1st, 3rd and 5th place finish by Justyn, Colin and Philo. Justyn closed his last 200m in 25.57 to capture the 5k title #SUTF #TCB #ACC
On Thursday, Knight helped his Syracuse team to a second place finish in the men’s distance medley relay (DMR), a four-leg event with 1,200m, 400m, 800m, and 1,600m legs (in that order). Knight anchored the team in the 1,600m portion as the team finished in 9:36.74.
Knight has set a school record in three races so far this season (mile, 3,000m, DMR).
Full results can be found here.