Kansas State junior high jumper Erik Kynard has been added to the watch list for track and field’s most prestigious collegiate award.
The USTFCCCA announced its updated watch list for the Bowerman Award on Wednesday, and Kynard was added to the list after winning his third straight overall conference title at the Big 12 Championship last weekend.
Kynard is currently ranked No.1 in the NCAA high jump with his leap of 7-07.00 (2.31 meters), clearing the height twice this season. He is currently 1.75 inches above the competition with Mississippi State’s James Harris next on the NCAA’s descending order list.
Kynard’s jump is ranked No. 8 in the world this season and is only one centimeter below 2011 outdoor world champion Jesse Williams.
The Bowerman, the Heisman Trophy of track and field, is awarded to the top male and female athletes in NCAA track and field sponsored by the USTFCCCA and honors former University of Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman.