Kynard Named Big 12 Athlete of the Week

Feb. 15, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A week after the Kansas State track and field team notched its first women’s Big 12 Conference Athlete of the Week award, the men’s team followed suit with sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard soaring above the competition.

Kynard won the special invitation high jump at the Tyson Invitational this weekend with a new school record jump of 7-07.75 (2.33m) besting the field by two bars. The win was the fourth straight for Kynard this season, which ranks as the longest current high jump streak in the nation. In continuing his streak he snapped the 10-meet winning streak of NCAA defending champion Derek Drouin of Indiana.

Not only was Kynard’s jump a school record; it places him first in the NCAA for the season and fifth in the world. The mark of 7-07.75 also is third in collegiate history. Only two other collegians have jumped higher than Kynard during the indoor season with both marks occurring before he was born in 1991. This is Kynard’s first Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor of his career and the first for the K-State men’s team since the 2007-08 season.

Kynard is joined by Oklahoma’s Candyce McGrone as the women’s recipient this week for breaking the OU school record in the 200 meters with the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season.