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VIDEO: Canadian Justyn Knight unleashes huge kick to win major U.S. race

Canadian Justyn Knight threw down at the Wisconsin Invitational on Friday and took the overall men's title with a devastating late-race kick.

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Canadian Justyn Knight unleashed a kick to remember at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison on Friday.

The University of Syracuse student ran 23:53.1 for 8K (2:59 per kilometre average) at the Thomas Zimmer Cross-Country Course to take the overall win. The Toronto native bested Northern Arizona’s Futsum Zienasellassie by two seconds and helped his Syracuse Orange team finish fourth overall. Knight and his team are the defending American collegiate division one champions.

Friday’s meet was a top-tier competition in the United States and served as a tuneup for late-season races this fall. It was Knight’s second consecutive major win. Some of Canada’s top university runners compete for schools in the United States as the collegiate system is very competitive.

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According to Syracuse sports information, the team’s next race is the John Reif Memorial on Friday, Oct. 21 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Finishing sprint video (note: user submitted)


Another strong performance came from University of Washington’s Charlotte Prouse, who helped the Huskies win the women’s team title at the Wisconsin Invitational. The second-year student and London, Ont. native finish fifth overall in the women’s 6K in 20:08.5. Earlier this fall, she won the Washington Invitational.

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