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(Courtesy: K-State Athletics)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard posted the No. 1 jump in the world this season outdoors on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays and was honored by the USTFCCCA on Monday being named the NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week.
Kynard was up against a very strong field with multiple Olympians and went toe-to-toe with 2011 IAAF World Champion Jesse Williams and Canadian Michael Mason with all three clearing 2.31 meters (7-07.00). Kynard was the only one of the three to clear on his first attempt and went on to jump 2.34 meters (7-08.00) on his third attempt and win the competition.
The leap of 2.34 meters is the best mark in the world so far this outdoor season and ties his own school record. It also broke the Mt.SAC Relays meet record that was previously held by Hollis Conway at 2.32 meters (7-07.25)
Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino was recognized as the USTFCCCA Women’s National Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Mt. SAC Relays as well after posting the No. 3 in-season collegiate mark in history in the 5,000 meters.