Four Wildcats Earn First Team All-America

Erik Kynard

March 14, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the recipients of the organization’s first and second team All-America distinctions on Monday and all seven of the Kansas State Wildcats competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships were honored.

Four of K-State’s entries in the championship meet finished in the top eight to receive first team honors. Sophomore Erik Kynard claimed third in the men’s high jump with his leap of 7-02.50 to receive his second indoor All-America certificate of his career. Jeffrey Julmis received his first indoor honor as he finished fifth in the men’s 60 meter hurdles tying his own school record with his time of 7.72 seconds. Also for the men, Mantas Silkauskas broke the school record in the heptathlon with 5,822 points to finish seventh in one of the most competitive heptathlons in the meet’s history. Senior Moritz Cleve came in 10th in the heptathlon as he was named to the second team. Martynas Jurgilas finished 15th in the 60 meter dash to also receive second team status for K-State.

Earning first team status for the women was junior Ryann Krais. She finished sixth in the pentathlon with her personal best score of 4,115 points, which ties for third in school history. Nina Kokot finished ninth in the long jump to receive second team honors for the Wildcats.

A total of 267 men and 270 women received the honors. The organization voted this winter to change the All-America procedure with all athletes who finish in the top eight or are part of an eight-person final receiving first team honors. Athletes finishing in ninth place through 16th receive second team. Others who participated receive honorable mention.

The Big 12 Conference was well represented on the list with the most combined first team honors. The conference led the women’s battle with 46 first team honorees while the men tallied 32 trailing the 35 from the SEC and Big Ten. With the men and women together the Big 12 (78) had 10 more first team honorees than the SEC (68).The Big 12 also had the highest rate of competitors finishing in the top eight of all the major conferences as 56.6 percent of all entries scored points for their respective teams at the NCAA meet this weekend in College Station, Texas. A total of four women’s teams from the conference finished in the top 10 at the meet and a pair of men’s team accomplished the feat.

The K-State men finished in a tie for 18th place while the women tied for 45th. This season marks the eighth straight year the Wildcat men have had an All-American in the high jump, and Kynard earned the 12th high jump honor in 16 years for K-State’s men.