Five Wildcats Earn USTFCCCA All-American

Erik Kynard

June 11, 2013

Full USTFCCCA Release

Following last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon, the USTFCCCA has announced its 2013 All-America Teams and five Kansas State Wildcats have been recognized for their successful seasons.

Senior high jumper Erik Kynard, junior pole vaulter Kyle Wait and junior long jumper Jharyl Bowry all were named to the USTFCCCA All-America First Team, while senior Tomas Kirielius was named to the second team in the decathlon. Martina Tresch received second team honors for the women in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Kynard earns first team honors for the fourth straight year after finishing second in his final meet for K-State. When adding his indoor accolades, Kynard is the second Wildcat in school history to earn All-American in each season of eligibility in an event. The only other previous Wildcat to be named an eight-time All-American in one event was high jumper Scott Sellers. Kynard’s performance also marks the 11th consecutive year the men’s team has had an outdoor All-American in the high jump.

Wait tied for seventh place in the pole vault to become the first Wildcat to score points in the event for the men’s team at the outdoor championship meet since 1982. His vault of 5.40 meters (17-08.50) put him on the first team to receive the honor for the first time in his career after receiving honorable mention last year.

Bowry jumped his way to a seventh-place finish with a leap of 7.83 meters (25-08.25) and receive first team honors. By finishing in seventh place and earning points toward the team total, Bowry made 2013 the first time in school history the K-State men have scored in the long jump in back-to-back seasons with Mantas Silkauskas also finishing seventh in 2012.

Kirielius posted a new personal best score in the decathlon as he finished in 14th place in his final meet as a Wildcat. He improved by nearly 200 points in the event over two days of competition with a score of 7,700 points that also ranks sixth in school history.

Tresch finished in 10th place in the steeplechase to receive second team honors to receive second team honors for a second time after also finishing 10th in 2011. She crossed the finish line in 10:09.07 moving up in the field over the last 400 meters but unable to crack the top eight.

Six other Wildcats received honorable mention for reaching the NCAA Championship. Erica Twiss finished 20th in the women’s 400 meter hurdles, and the men’s 4x100 relay came in 18th with Dane Steen, Carlos Rodriguez, Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyi Otuonye receiving the honor. Reinis Kregers joined Kirielius in the decathlon and received honorable mention after having to withdraw from the competition after four of the 10 events with an apparent injury.

The Big 12 Conference was again one of the top conferences in the nation. The men and women of the league ranked third for most All-Americans. The Big 12 men combined for 29 All-America honors and the women posted 35 All-America performances.

Athletes who earn any portion of a point or qualify for an eight-entrant final at the NCAA Championship are awarded first team honors. The second team All-America honors athletes finishing in places nine through 16. Honorable mention is given to athletes who participated at the final site but did not place in the top 16.