June 6, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa – The USTFCCCA announced its regional awards on Monday heading into the NCAA Championships later this week in Des Moines, Iowa, recognizing the top male and female athletes and coaches for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season, and Kansas State sophomore Erik Kynard was among the award winners.
Kynard was recognized by the coaches association as the Male Midwest Field Athlete of the Year. Kynard has the highest clearing among collegiate jumpers this season leaping 7-07.00 at the Drake Relays when he finished second to Olympian Dusty Jonas based on attempts. Kynard has not lost to a fellow college competitor during the outdoor season and is eyeing his first NCAA title this week in Des Moines. His top jump also ties for the third highest jump in the world this year.
The sophomore from Toledo, Ohio, swept the Big 12 Conference titles this year winning both indoor and outdoor and finished third at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this winter. Last year at the outdoor championship meet, he finished sixth.
K-State has a long history of success in the high jump with a total of 18 men’s All-Americans and three NCAA titles in outdoor competition alone. Kynard has earned All-America status three times so far in his career as a Wildcat. Kynard is set to compete at 5:20 p.m. Friday at the NCAA Championship from Drake Stadium.