Kynard Claims Sixth in High Jump

EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman high jumper Erik Kynard made it eight straight years a Wildcat has scored in the high jump for Kansas State at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Kynard finished sixth for K-State to score three points for the Wildcats and improve on his finish at the indoor championship meet.

Kynard kept K-State's streak of All-American high jumpers going finishing sixth with his leap of 7-01.50. He cleared the first four heights of the competition on his first attempt before failing to clear 7-02.50. Indiana's Derek Drouin won the high jump with his clearance of 7-05.00.

Junior decathlete Moritz Cleve finished out the season making a charge on the second day of the grueling event but came up just short an could not finish in the top eight for the Wildcats. During the pole vault portion of the decathlon, Cleve had a hair-raising moment. On his second attempt to clear 15-01.00, Cleve's pole snapped sending him flipping head over heels into the mat. He was uninjured in the incident and responded by clearing the bar on his following attempt to stay alive in the pole vault and stay among the top performers to move up the overall standings finishing sixth in the vault.

Cleve dropped back down in the javelin finishing 18th with his throw of 161-03. He climbed his way back up the leader board and nearly found his way to the podium finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters to close the decathlon as the last event is one of his strongest in the decathlon. Cleve clocked in at 4:35.57 in the final event. He finished 10th overall with 7,360 points. In a testament of the strength of the field, Cleve finished third at last year's NCAA Championship and last season's runner-up Mateo Sossah of North Carolina finished eighth while the whole field played catch-up to Oregon's Ashton Eaton, who scored 8,457 points to defend his title.

Beverly Ramos closed the night for the Wildcats running in the final scheduled event of the day. Ramos ended her career at K-State with another performance that will garner her All-America status finishing 10th in the 5,000 meters. Ramos clocked in at 16:07.88 in a race that came down to the wire to see who would score points for their respective teams and stand on the awards podium. Only 1.52 seconds separated Ramos from fourth place as the pack all came to the finish line together.

Saturday will mark the final day of the championship meet, and K-State still has one Wildcat left to compete. Jeffrey Julmis will run in the final of the 110 meter hurdles at 1:15 p.m. Central time. He will go up against a strong field full of familiar foes as half the field hails from the Big 12 Conference.

Fans can follow the action live online at ncaa.com with video streaming for the field events in the morning and with live results provided by flashresults.com. The finals in the remaining running events will be televised nationwide on CBS from 12-2 p.m.

Friday Results
Decathlon

10th: Moritz Cleve: 3820 points
Day Two
110H: 14.53 (1.0), 907 points
DS: 114-01, 559 points
PV: 15-01.00, 790 points
JV: 161-03
1500M: 4:35.57

Day One
100M: 11.16 (0.7), 825 points
LJ: 22-04.25 (3.7), 769 points
SP: 43-09.75, 689 points
HJ: 6-01.50, 687 points
400M: 49.23, 850 points

HJ
6th: Erik Kynard, Jr., 7-01.50

5000M
10th: Beverly Ramos, 16:07.88

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