Kynard Added to Bowerman Watch List

Erik Kynard

March 2, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard has been added to the watch list for track and field’s most prestigious collegiate award. The USTFCCCA announced its updated watch list for the Bowerman Award on Wednesday afternoon, and Kynard was added to the list after winning his fifth straight competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championship last weekend.

Kynard is currently ranked No.1 in the NCAA high jump with his leap of 7-07.75. That mark is a new K-State indoor school record and also ranks third in collegiate history behind only Louisiana-Lafayette’s Hollis Conway and Brian Brown of Northwestern State.

“It is quite an honor for Erik to be included on the Bowerman Watch List,” K-State coach Cliff Rovelto said. “The athletes on this list are all truly world class athletes. We are very proud of Erik’s achievements and maturity he has shown in embracing the process of growing as an athlete.”

The Bowerman, the Heisman Trophy of track and field, is awarded to the top male and female athletes in NCAA track and field sponsored by the USTFCCCA and honors former University of Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman. In addition to his history of success at Oregon, he was instrumental in helping establish the system of autonomous federations to control individual sports in the United States today and also is credited with helping fuel the jogging craze in America during the 1970’s. Bowerman was a cofounder of Nike and is most recognized within the company for his creation of the waffle sole by pouring rubber on a waffle iron.

The Bowerman Watch List will be updated twice monthly through the end of the outdoor season with finalists announced on July 13.

2011 Bowerman Men’s Watch List
Jeshua Anderson, Washington State, senior, hurdles
Robby Andrews, Virginia, sophomore, distance
Sam Chelanga, Liberty, senior, distance
Will Claye, Florida, junior, jumps
Jeff Demps, Florida, sophomore/junior, sprints
Mason Finley, Kansas, sophomore, throws
Walter Henning, LSU, senior, throws
Kirani James, Alabama, sophomore, sprints
Erik Kynard, Kansas State, sophomore, high jump
Christian Taylor, Florida, junior, jumps