March 7, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The awards for Kansas State sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard continue to come in this season. After the school record holder was added to The Bowerman watch list last week, he was named the Midwest Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Kynard has won all five competitions he has jumped in this season and broke the school record leaping 7-07.75 to win the Tyson Invitational in mid-February. The jump not only was a K-State record, it also was the third highest jump in collegiate history. At the Big 12 Championship, Kynard dominated the field winning by two bars and clearing 7-04.25.
It was a strong year for the Big 12 Conference as a number of student-athletes were honored with Region Athlete of the Year awards from the USFTCCCA as well. In addition to Kynard, a total of five more Big 12 athletes received Track or Field Athlete of the Year for their respective events.
Kynard and a group of Wildcats are preparing for the NCAA Indoor Championship this weekend slated for Friday and Saturday in College Station, Texas. Action from the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium begins with the women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon at 10 a.m. Friday. Kynard will jump at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.