Erik Kynard Sets 2013 Outdoor Record In High Jump


Another meet, another win – but this one was still a little special. Senior K-State high jumper Erik Kynard has been wowing crowds since his freshman year and did it again over the weekend by setting the highest jump in an outdoor meet this season.

The Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, CA last week featured four competitors from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, including 2011 IAAF World Champion Jesse Williams. While Williams and Michael Mason cleared 7’7″, Kynard hit 7’8″ to both set a new Mr. SAC Relays record and ty his own school record. As noted above, his performance is also the new top mark in the outdoors this season.

“Erik jumped well. I think this was one of his best meets ever,” observed K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “We had a lot of solid marks today at both the meets we competed at in California. Probably, the most impressive was the men’s 4×400. All four guys ran really well.”

The Wildcat 4X400 team Rovelto was referring to ran the third fastest relay time in school history. The squad, consisting of Ifeanyi Otuonye, Carlos Rodriguez, Jay-J Parks and Chris Campbell,  finished fourth behind a team from Japan, Western Kentucky and the Big’s Texas Tech. K-State’s final time was 3:06.64, finishing .21 seconds behind Texas Tech.