Kynard Ties School Record in Win

Jan. 29, 2011

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Big 12 Conference and SEC went head-to-head this weekend at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, and one of the most anticipated events of the meet did not disappoint. The men’s high jump pitted No. 1 Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss against Kansas State’s No. 2-ranked Erik Kynard. The pair flew high, and it was K-State’s Kynard leaping to tie the school record en route to the win.

Kynard and Robertson highlighted the deep field in the high jump and were the final two remaining. Kynard trailed Robertson after his competitor cleared 7-05.00 on his second attempt, while Kynard needed three attempts to clear the height. Then, on his final attempt at 7-06.00 Kynard cleared with Robertson not making the height and giving Kynard the head-to-head win.

“As far as the competition with Robertson, I wasn’t really competing with Robertson. I was competing with myself, high jump is such a mental game,” Kynard said. “And when it comes to the record, I didn’t even know about it until afterward, but today was a good day.”

K-State teamed up with host Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma to take on Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the conference versus conference meet. The meet was loaded with some of the nation’s top talent and six of the men’s teams are ranked in the Top 25 along with four of the women’s teams.

In the end the Big 12 won the men’s competition 363-312 with the women besting the SEC 441.50-257.50. K-State contributed well to the conference’s effort winning a total of six events, including four on Saturday. K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto said he was glad to see his Wildcats perform well over the two days of action against some of the best teams in the nation.

“I was impressed with Boglarka Bozzay's mile. Denise Baker continues to improve every week, and Jeffrey Julmis ran great considering it is his first meet of the season,” Rovelto said. “Tiara Walpool improved in the triple jump, and if she keeps making this kind of progress she'll be right in there come the conference championship. Erik obviously continues to improve and responded well when down by misses today. He is capable of jumping higher and being more comfortable and consistent at the higher bars.”

Bozzay won the women’s mile clocking in at 4:46.60 for a new personal best, which also ranks sixth in school history. Walpool finished second with her season-best jump of 41-11.50, ahead of all Big 12 competitors.

The day started with Moritz Cleve climbing his way back up the leader board in the men’s heptathlon in the 60 meter hurdles with his time of 8.33 seconds. Cleve finished in the top three in all three of the final events of the heptathlon to score 5,443 points and finish third overall. Sophomore Tomas Kirielius finished up in eighth for the Wildcats earning one point for the Big 12 Conference total in his first competitive heptathlon.

K-State got things going in the running events with a strong performance from senior Denise Baker in the 60 meter hurdles. Baker clocked in at 8.53 seconds for the fastest time in the prelims. In the men’s competition, Jeffrey Julmis ran 7.97 seconds in his first action of the season to advance to the final. Baker finished second crossing the line in 8.49 seconds in the final and just missing her personal best. Julmis finished third with his time of 7.86 in the men’s final.

The Wildcats let some of their distance runners loose this weekend with Martina Tresch claiming fourth in the women’s 3,000 meters. She ran a new personal best of 9:38.12 to rank ninth in school history. Freshman Adam Porter made a big contribution for the conference winning the men’s 3,000 meters in a tight race. Porter finished in 8:21.86 with Texas Tech’s Silas Kemboi on his heels finishing in 8:21.92.

K-State tallied its second win of the day in the men’s 600 yard run with Ben Love besting the field. Love ran to a new personal best time of 1:11.64 to win another tight race. He finished just .03 seconds faster than Texas A&M’s Brett Parker.

The Wildcats will be back in action this weekend when they head to the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. K-State’s next home meet will be on February 18 at Ahearn Field House.