As a child, Aric Knopik rarely had two feet on the ground.
“When I was a kid I always used to jump all the time, whether it was over stuff or whatever. But I just liked jumping,” Knopik said.
Nowadays, the Dickinson Trinity junior is jumping with a purpose for Trinity track and field, as one of the team’s top hurdlers.
“He’s been running hurdles since the eighth grade. He placed as an eighth grader at the state meet,” head coach Craig Kovash said. “Last year I believe he took third in the 110 [meter hurdles]. He was injured so he didn’t run the 300, but he’s a qualifier there. He’s also a very good high jumper, and then Aric can fill in on any one of our short relays.”
And while he makes it look easy, Knopik says hurdling gets pretty technical, and it took him a while to get the hang of it.
“They say you’re not supposed to jump over a hurdle,” Knopik said. “You’re supposed to just run through it. It took a while to get down the form. A lot of it is [to] keep your arms intact, make sure you’re leaning. The trail leg is a big part; if you have it hanging down, you’re going to hit a hurdle.”
Knopik has another hurdle to jump through further down the road, and that’s choosing which sport to play at the collegiate level. Besides track, Knopik plays both football and basketball for the Titans. So if he had to choose one right this minute, which would he pick?
“I’d have to probably say football, but I really like doing track and basketball just as well,” Knopik said.
Trinity boys’ track & field is coming off a second-place finish at Class B State.