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Knisely’s work ethic lauded

Name: Duane Knisely

School: Chestnut Ridge

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Knisely set two meet records in winning the shot put (53 feet, 5.25 inches) and discus (170-4) at the District 5 Class 2A Track and Field Championships.

Season update: Knisely will compete in both the shot put and discus at the PIAA Class 2A Championships this weekend in Shippensburg for the second straight year. He earned a fifth-place state medal in the discus last year.

Coach Patrick Isgan’s quote: “Duane displays a work ethic second to none and has a love of the sport that I have rarely seen out of a high school athlete. He wants to succeed so much that he even built his own throwing ring in his backyard and a ring in his barn so he can practice throughout the winter months.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Bilchak

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Avengers: Endgame”

Favorite food: Chicken

Favorite song: “Bad Company” by Five Finger Death Punch

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Athlete most admired: Joe Kovacs

Best athlete I ever competed against: Somerset’s Nick Hyde

Most influential person on my athletic career: Greg Lazor

Proudest athletic achievement: Qualifying in the discus and shot put for states my sophomore year

How I got my start in track and field: “My coaches know I had potential and pushed me to be the best I can be.”

Future goal: Medal in the NCAA Division I National Championship Meet

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