Olympic Preparations Continue for Wildcats

Erik Kynard

July 18, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The London Olympic Games are nine days away, and a number of Kansas State Wildcats are readying themselves for the games with some tune up meets and training. NCAA champion high jumper Erik Kynard arrived in London on Sunday and reported to Team USA’s training facility in Birmingham on Monday, but he is not the only Wildcat with a busy schedule leading up to Opening Ceremonies on July 27.

All-American and Puerto Rican national record holder Beverly Ramos has been running hard this summer to get ready for the games. Ramos recently improved her national record time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase when she crossed the line in 9:39.33 at a meet in France.

On July 7, Ramos ran the 1,500 meters at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Netherlands where she finished fifth in her heat at 4:16.88. This weekend, Ramos ran 9:9:41.15 at the Aviva London Grand Prix, a Samsung Diamond League meet, and finished eighth in the steeplechase. Fellow former Wildcat Korene Hinds ran as a rabbit to pace the rest of the competition briefly before pulling out of the race.

Ramos competed at a meet in Cork, Ireland on Tuesday where she ran 9:13.38 in a flat 3,000 meters. She reports to the Puerto Rican training camp in Canterbury on Wednesday to focus her work on the first round of the steeplechase on August 4. K-State Assistant Coach Michael Smith will travel to Canterbury this weekend to meet up with Ramos for training and travel with the Puerto Rican delegation to the games in London on July 26.

Kynard along with fellow Team USA high jumpers Jesse Williams and Jamie Nieto, who train with K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto, will travel to the final Diamond League meet of the year in Monaco to compete at the Herculis. A total of 10 entrants are listed in the men’s high jump, and all of but one of them are headed to the Olympics. The entire field is ranked 12th in the world or higher, taking only this season into account. The high jump at Herculis is set to start at 8:05 p.m. local time (1:05 p.m. Central).

Following the Herculis, Kynard, Williams and Nieto will return to London while Rovelto heads to Marburg, Germany to coach Ryann Krais and Bettie Wade at the 2012 Thorpe Cup before returning to London himself.

Hurdler Jeffrey Julmis arrived in London earlier this week to continue training as he readies to represent Haiti at the Olympic Games.

The opening ceremonies mark the start of the games and will be broadcast by NBC at 6:30 p.m. July 27.