THIS YEAR: Sophomore Matthew Katnik begins his second season as a Trojan competing in shot put and discus.
2016: Had a strong freshman season while competing mostly in the shot put. Had a PR of 61-7.75 (18.79m) to win the shot put at the Trojan Invitational, his first collegiate meet. That throw was less that a foot outside of USC's all-time top 10 in the event. He did not top that mark, but threw over 60-feet in seven of eight meets. He finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 58-8 at the Pac-12 Championships. Went on to place 15th in the shot put with a mark of 60-7.75 (18.48) at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. His best discus throw of the season was 154-9 (47.18).
HIGH SCHOOL: Katnik is a 2015 graduate of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA. He had an incredible senior season winning the shot put at every single meet in which he competed, culminating with a CIF State Championship with a throw of 72-0 (21.94m). At that same meet, Matthew threw a new personal record in the discus, 183-0 (55.77m), placing fifth in the state. Katnik had a best shot put of 72-3 (22.02m) which ranks 10th on the all-time high school shot put list and was the to throw among high school athletes in 2015 by over two feet. He also competed at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he placed fourth with a throw of 65-11.25 (20.11m). In 2014, Katnik placed second at the CIF State Championships with a throw of 64-4. He also played football for St. John Bosco High School.
PERSONAL: Matthew was born on October 10,1996 in Torrance, CA...His parents are John and Michelle Katnik and has three siblings: John, Andrew and Claire... Twenty-three members of his family have attended USC...His father John was a former USC center on the football team (1986-87) and his two brothers and a sister graduated from USC. Katnik's USC ties also extend to his cousins which include former USC football lineman Norm Katnick (2001-03), tight end Kurt Katnik (2003) and receiver Brad Walker (2004-07). Matthew was named the valedictorian of the 2015 graduating class of St. John Bosco High School... He was awarded the 2015 Jim Staunton Champions for Character Award - an award given for excellence in the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship... As a junior he received the CIF-SS Champion for Character Award... For the 2014-2015 season he was named the Cal-Hi Boys Athlete of the Year (Division II) and was named the CIF student athlete of this year. At USC, Matthew is majoring in Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business...Says his favorite movie is Remember the Titans...His favorite food is steak...His dream vacation is to Tahiti...After USC, Matthew would like to participate in the Olympics.
CAREER BESTS: Shot Put - 61-7.75 (18.79) Discus - 154-9 (47.18)