‘Cats Compete in Oregon and Jamaica

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kim Williamson cleared 1.81m/5-11.50 on her way to a second-straight Jamaican National Senior Championships high jump title, while several other current K-State Track and Field athletes competed at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships, all this past weekend. The latter meet, held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, also featured multiple former Wildcat All-Americans, including Erik Kynard, who won his second-straight outdoor high jump title.

Williamson, Bryan Excel in High Jump

In their first action since the NCAA Championships earlier this June, both Kim Williamson and Christoff Bryan had top-three finishes at the National Senior Championships in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica.

Williamson, in particular, capped off the four-day meet with a title-winning performance in the high jump. The Frankfield native was the lone competitor to clear 1.81m/5-11.50, hitting the mark on her second attempt before bowing out on three tries at 1.85m/6-00.75. Williamson cruised to the height, passing on the first three bars and then going onto clearing both 1.75m/5-08.75 and 1.78m/5-10 on her first tries. The victory marked her second-straight title won in the event – she cleared 1.84m/6-00.50 at last year’s meet to nab the title.

For Bryan, he fell just short of defending his title in the men’s portion of the high jump. Though both he and Clayton Brown finished with final marks of 2.15m/7-00.50, Bryan’s miss on his first attempt at 2.05m/6-08.75 proved to be the difference.

K-State Keeps Busy in Eugene

Several current and former Wildcats suited up for the USATF Championships this past weekend. Held from June 25-28, the meet featured current K-State student-athletes in Tia’ Gamble, A’Keyla Mitchell, Terrell Smith and Dani Winters, as well as former All-Americans Erik Kynard and Erica Twiss.

•  Erik Kynard was dominant once again in the men’s high jump, tying a personal best 2.37m/7-09.25 on his second attempt to defeat current NCAA champion JaCorian Duffield of Texas Tech (2.34m/7-08). The victory marked a second-straight outdoor and fifth-straight national title overall in the event, as he has now swept the indoor and outdoor USATF championships in back-to-back seasons. Kynard was five-for-five on bars cleared before needing two tries to clear both 2.34m/7-08 and 2.37m. He went onto attempt to break the American record at 2.41m/7-10.75, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

•  In the 200-meter, Terrell Smith and A’Keyla Mitchell competed on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively. Both coming off stellar freshman campaigns that included trips to NCAA Outdoors, Smith took 21st in the event prelims, while Mitchell moved onto the semifinals to eventually finish 13th-overall (23.12). To qualify for the event semis, Mitchell clocked an all-conditions season-best of 22.84 seconds, placing 11th-overall and third in her prelim heat – also the fastest wind-aided time in school history. Smith, on the other hand, clocked a wind-aided 20.79 seconds in the prelims, missing semifinal qualification by five spots.

•  Tia’ Gamble and Erica Twiss competed in the 400-meter hurdles, with Gamble taking 19th-overall in the preliminaries and Twiss eventually finishing 13th-overall in the semifinal heats. Competing in the third of four preliminary heats, Gamble clocked 59.13 to place sixth. Twiss, meanwhile, took 12th in the prelims in a personal-best 57.19 seconds – her semifinal time rang in at 58.09 seconds.

•  Lastly, Dani Winters made her first career appearance at USAs, taking 16th in the women’s shot put. Winters, who had an exceptional junior campaign with the Wildcats, finished the evening with a best throw of 16.91m/55-05.75. She hit the mark on her second attempt.

Dates to Know for Wildcats in Competition this Summer…

• July 2-5: Canadian Track and Field Championships | Edmonton, Alberta
• July 3-14: World University Games | Gwangju, Korea
• July 20-26 (Track Events): Pan American Games | Toronto, Canada
• August 7-9: NACAC Senior Championships | San Jose, Costa Rica
• August 22-30: IAAF World Championships | Beijing, China

USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon

200m (Prelims)
21: Terrell Smith, 20.79pw (2.4)

11: A’Keyla Mitchell, 22.84pqw (2.8) – Fastest wind-aided mark in school history

200m (Semis)
13: A’Keyla Mitchell, 23.12 (1.5)

400H (Prelims)
19: Tia’ Gamble, 59.13

Shot Put
16: Dani Winters, 16.91m/55-05.75

National Senior Championships
Kingston & St. Andrew, Jamaica

High Jump
2: Christoff Bryan, 2.15m/7-00.50

1: Kim Williamson, 1.81m/5-11.50