You can add another accolade to the list of accomplishments for Syracuse Orange distance standout Justyn Knight. On Thursday evening in Ottawa, Knight captured 2nd place in the 5,000 meters at the Canadian Outdoor Championships. Since he had already met the qualifying standard of 13:22 with his Syracuse record time of 13:17.51 back in May, Knight now advances to the World Championships next month in London.
Justyn’s finishing time last night of 14:03.16 placed him right behind Canadian record holder Mo Ahmed who won the race in 14:02.36. Ahmed was 4th in the 5k at the 2016 Rio Olympics and according to Justyn’s post-race interview, he’s someone who has been a mentor, and someone Justyn is fine being mentioned with.
Justyn will compete in London on August 9th in the opening round of the 5k. The experience of another race against world-class talent will continue Justyn’s development. As he looks to capture his 1st individual NCAA title, this experience will help him next year as he leads the Orange distance squad. We’ll have more from Justyn before the World Championships, so stay tuned for updates.