Jan. 16, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State high jumper Erik Kynard traveled to Topeka on Wednesday to be recognized and honored by the Kansas Board of Regents for his outstanding 2011-12 season which culminated with an NCAA championship and an Olympic silver medal.
Kynard was a member of Team USA this summer at the London Olympic Games and became the first American to medal in the event since Matt Hemmingway in the 2004 Athens Games. He was one of three high jumpers for the USA men’s team, all of which were coach by K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto.
In June, Kynard won his second straight NCAA championship outdoors when he cleared 2.34 meters (7 feet 8 inches) to become only the fourth collegiate athlete to clear that height. He has won four straight Big 12 Conference championships, sweeping both indoor and outdoor the last two seasons.
"We are so proud of the way Erik represents Kansas State University," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "He provided the world with thrills during the Olympics in London, and we are excited he returned to the university as a student-athlete."
Kynard and his teammates will be in action this weekend when they host the Wildcat Invitational at 11 a.m. Saturday from Ahearn Field House. Kynard will be competing in the high jump, slated as one of the first field events to start the day. The meet will be scored as a triple dual meet with Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UMKC. Admission to the meet is free and fans are asked to sit in the balcony seating above the track surface for viewing.