April 9, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas – Erik Kynard jumped the highest mark in the NCAA this season again this weekend tying his own mark of 7-05.75 (2.28 meters) winning the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Kynard flew above the rest of the field besting professional Andra Mason and the double threat from Arizona of Edgar Rivera-Morales and Nick Ross.
“The wind was killing me,” Kynard said. “The weather and the fans were beautiful. It was my first time at the Texas Relays and I knew I at least needed to jump 2.20.”
In addition to Kynard in action on Saturday, Mantas Silkauskas and Jeffrey Julmis ran in the final of the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Silkauskas finished eighth with his time of 13.97 seconds. Julmis did not finish the race after tripping over a hurdle.
K-State Director of Track and Field Cliff Rovelto said the final day of the Texas Relays was a success for the Wildcats after seeing some strong performances earlier in the week.
“Mantas had a rough race today but his two races this week were a great start to outdoors for him,” Rovelto said. “Erik jumped well and made 2.28 by quite a bit. He looks to be getting ready to jump pretty high.”
The Wildcats will return to action next week when they travel to participate in the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State.
8th: Mantas Silkauskas, 13.97 (w 3.5) wind-aided
Jeffrey Julmis, DNF
1st: Erik Kynard, 7-05.75 PR