Kynard a semifinalist for Bowerman award

By The Mercury

On Monday afternoon the USTFCCCA announced the 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, and Kansas State senior Erik Kynard is on the list.

The Bowerman honors former Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman and has been awarded to the top collegiate track and field student-athlete since 2009 and is considered the Heisman Trophy of track and field.

After being on the official watch list throughout the season, Kynard was named to the final list of 10 before The Bowerman Selection Committee narrows the field down to three finalists on July 10.

Kynard finished second in his final meet for K-State at the NCAA Championships earlier this month falling to Indiana’s Derek Drouin in another exciting high jump battle.

Kynard’s senior season was filled with highlights as he became the first men’s high jumper to win three straight outdoor Big 12 Championship titles in his event. He broke the Big 12 Indoor Championship meet record with a leap of 2.31 meters (7-07.00). Kynard raised the bar on his own school record outdoors, as he leapt 2.36 meters (7-08.75) to finish second at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic. He finished behind Olympic bronze medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and bested Drouin on misses as the two rivals both cleared 2.36 meters to rank second in collegiate history.

This outdoor season, Kynard averaged 2.31 meters to show an incredible amount of consistently high performances.

During his final home meet as a Wildcat, Kynard cleared 2.26 meters (7-05.00) to set a new R.V. Christian Track Complex facility record, ensuring he ended his career at K-State owning school records and facility records both indoors and out.

Kynard, who recently signed with Nike, will attempt to win his first USA Track & Field Championship this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. The USATF Championships are set to begin Thursday and the men’s high jump is slated for Sunday at 1:45 p.m. from Drake Stadium.

After the committee announces its three finalists on July 10, voting will being, and will include an online fan vote as well.

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