From the moment he stepped into the shotput ring Saturday afternoon, Matt Katnik was confident he could win the Elite Invitational competition at the 48th Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High.
The USC-bound senior from Bellflower St. John Bosco finished second by less than a foot last year and wanted to leave no doubt this time around. Entering the event as the national leader at 68 feet 9 inches, he threw 71-31/2 on his second attempt and had two other throws better than 69 feet.
Katnik fell three-quarters of an inch short of the meet record set by Fallbrook's Brett Noon in 1990, but he wasn't complaining.
"Warming up I felt really good, really centered, and that...