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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend

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“She’s been working on it the past two weeks,” B-G/A coach Steve Pelosi of the shot put. “If she can get it out around 25 or 26 feet, that would be a great improvement.”

Pelosi said he left the decision on whether to compete in the pentathlon up to Knapp. Her time in the 100 hurdles last week would have won that event in the state qualifier by nearly a second.

“(The pentathlon has) always been on the back burner,” said Pelosi, who added that the pentathlon suits Knapp because she’s such a well-rounded athlete. “She’s right there and if she hits everything right like we know she can, it’s very promising.”

MAT ROBINSON

Event: 400 hurdles.

State-meet pedigree: First appearance.

When he competes: 3:50 p.m. today (D-II finals); 2 p.m. Saturday (Federation final, top eight overall qualify).

How he got here: Robinson finished second overall and first among D-II athletes in the Section Four State Qualifer last week, running a personal-best 57.79.

Seed: Robinson’s 10th in D-II. The top seed is Batavia’s Alex Egeli at 54.87.

Etc.: Cotter said it took some coaxing to get Robinson to run the hurdles.

“He didn’t want to do it to begin with,” Cotter said. “It’s a great race to be able to get to the state meet and he’s really improved this year. Now, he’s enjoying it.”

Over the last two weeks, he’s dropped his personal-best 1.5 seconds, taking nearly a second off his PR last week.

“He still has quite a bit of room to improve,” Cotter said. “His hurdle form is not anywhere near perfect. The first part of his race is a little slower. I’d like to see him get out faster. He needs to attack the first 100 with a little more aggressiveness.”

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