Future geologist Knotek signs with MSU [Track]

June 9, 2013

Miles Knotek

When Miles Knotek of Moose Pass thought about running in college he wanted to go big.

As in the Big Sky.

The two-time Alaska state champion has signed with Montana State University, a NCAA D1 school in Bozeman.

Knotek, of Seward High fame, will compete in cross country and track for the Bobcats.

“I’ve lived in a small city my entire life. I’m ready for a bigger feel in city and campus,” he told me. “It’s pretty intimidating to be honest. But I’m hoping my coach, he’s been at it a long time and he knows what he’s doing, so I’m excited to be running for him and be in that pool of more intense runners.”

The soft-spoken 6-footer captured Class 3A state titles this year as a senior in the 3,200 and last season as a junior in cross country.

He picked Montana State over a pair of D2 schools in the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Western States College of Colorado.

The decision, he said, was based on lots of things, most notably academics. Knotek plans to major in geology.

“Montana State has really strong science and mathematics,” he said. “They have Yellowstone [National Park] practically out their backdoor, so I’m excited to explore the surrounding area.”

For Knotek, going D1 wasn’t as important as an athlete as much as it was as a student.

In a way, running took a backseat.

“I don’t really consider myself an aggressive person, so I guess I think I’m kind of humbled by the fact that I’ll be running with more intense people,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to see if those kinds of people can make me run a little faster.”