Kynard Named Midwest Field Athlete of the Year

March 5, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard added another award to his successful indoor season on Monday receiving the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. Kynard is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA with his leading jump of 7-07.00 (2.31 meters). He has cleared that height twice and is 1.75 inches ahead of No. 2 heading into this week’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

This is Kynard’s third significant recognition this season after being added to the official Bowerman Watch List last week by the USFTCCCA and being named Big 12 Co-Performer of the Year by the league’s coaches.

The USTFCCCA announced its men’s and women’s region awards on Monday awarding an athlete of the year for track events and field events. Head coaches and assistant coaches were also recognized with awards. Complete lists for all regions can be found at

Kynard will attempt to win his first NCAA indoor title on Saturday after finishing third a year ago and 11th as a freshman. The men’s high jump is slated to start at 3 p.m. from Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

USTFCCCA Midwest Region Awards
Track Athlete of the Year: Harun Abda, Minnesota
Field Athlete of the Year: Erik Kynard, Kansas State
Coach of the Year: Connie Price-Smith, Southern Illinois
Assistant Coach of the Year: Paul Thorton, Minnesota

Track Athlete of the Year: Diamond Dixon, Kansas
Field Athlete of the Year: Jeneva McCall, Southern Illinois
Coach of the Year: Gary Pepin, Nebraska
Assistant Coach of the Year: Wayne Pate, Kansas