Wildcats Ready to Take on World

Erik Kynard

Aug. 25, 2011

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Webcast: Universal Sports

MANHATTAN, Kan. –
Every practice and competition of the track and field season has led up to this point. The IAAF World Championships are set to begin this weekend in Deagu, South Korea, and a handful of Wildcats will be in action to take on the best of the best in their respective events.

K-State high jumper Erik Kynard is fresh off his first NCAA title this season and will represent Team USA after finishing third at the USA Championships this summer. He recently wore the Red, White and Blue in Shenzhen, China, at the World University Games and now he will take on the top pros in his event as just a junior in college.

Kynard is set to jump in the preliminaries on Tuesday morning in Korea, which will be 8:10 p.m. central. If he qualifies for the final, that will be held at 5:10 a.m. CST on Thursday.

Four former Wildcats will also be competing for their home countries, and the first in action will be former decathlete Darius Draudvila. His first event of the decathlon is set for Friday at 8 p.m. CST. He will be wearing the yellow, green and red of his native Lithuania at the World Championships and compete over the first two days of the meet.

Also in action Friday evening will be distance runners Beverly Ramos and Korene Hinds as they each will run in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Ramos will be representing Puerto Rico and Hinds hails from Jamaica. Preliminaries are set for Friday at 8:35 p.m. CST and the final will be 9:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Another former Wildcat and combined events specialist will be representing Lithuania in the heptathlon. Austra Skujyte is set to compete in the heptathlon beginning 8 p.m. CST on Sunday. Skujyte is one of the most successful athletes to come out of K-State within the last 10 years as she won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

One more athlete to watch with K-State ties is high jumper Jesse Williams. The professional jumper trains with K-State coach Cliff Rovelto and is the No. 1 ranked jumper in the world entering the championships. Williams won his second USA outdoor championship this summer leaping 7-9.25 (2.37m). Williams is the only athlete in the world to jump that high this year as a trio of Russians stand right behind him at 2.36m. Kynard is tied for 13th in the world this year with his best jump of 2.31m (7-7.00).

Fans will be able to watch the competition in a variety of ways with universalsports.com providing webcasts every day. The IAAF World Championships will also be televised by Universal Sports and NBC. Check your local listings for air time and dates. Universal Sports will have a broadcast each day and NBC’s coverage is generally limited to weekend action.