Kynard Flies to Record Again

Feb. 12, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard soared above the competition again at the Tyson Invitational breaking the school record. Kynard jumped 7-07.75 to break the Kansas State school record he tied two weeks ago and move up the chart in the world rankings.

The men’s high jump special invitational competition at the Tyson Invitational featured four other athletes ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA in the event, and Kynard dominated. He cleared two more bars than the rest of the field with Indiana’s Derek Drouin and Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss each missing at 7-06.50. Kynard cleared seven of the eight bars on his first attempt, including 7-07.75.

Kyarnd’s air show was not the only impressive performance of the day for the Wildcats with the team split between competition in Arkansas and at the Iowa State Classic.

TiAra Walpool finished fifth in the women’s special invitational triple jump at the Tyson Invitational with her leap of 42-02.25. It is a season best for Walpool and is just a few inches short of her personal best. Also showing strong in Arkansas was freshman pole vaulter Kyle Wait. Wait finished fourth with a new personal best height of 16-00.75.

A number of Wildcats posted fast time at the ISU Classic that would qualify as new PRs if not for the oversized track at Iowa State, and the fireworks started with the first event of the day.

Laura Lee Baird finished second in the mile with her time of 5:01.75. The time was nearly four seconds faster than her best time. Kyle Hanson was victorious in the men’s mile crossing the line in 4:15.31. Baird turned around quickly and ran in the 800 meters shortly after and posted another fast time finishing 27th.

In the sprinting events at the ISU Classic, Gus Vazquez-Milan kept the improvements coming finishing seventh in the 400 meters with his time of 49.44 seconds. In keeping with K-State success in distance events last week, the Wildcats saw Sydney Messick run under 17 minutes in the women’s 5,000 meters seeded race to finish 17th.  Martina Tresch finished fifth in the seeded 3,000 meters clocking in at 9:34.09. Adam Porter claimed sixth in the men’s race as well. Sam James ran 1:50.82 to finish seventh in the men’s seeded 800 meters.

The Wildcats return to Manhattan for their final home meet of the indoor season on Friday when they host the KSU Open. Field events are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. in Ahearn Field House beginning with the women’s weight throw, high jump and pole vault along with the men’s long jump. Running events begin at 4 p.m. Admission to the meet is free.