K-State had a trio of track and field athletes compete at the World University Games throughout last week in Shenzhen, China, and came away with some impressive performances. Sprinters Martynas Jurgilas and Mantas Silkauskas competed for their native Lithuania and high jumper Erik Kynard represented Team USA.
Jurgilas came away with two strong runs to finish 17th overall in the men’s 100 meters. Jurgilas qualified for the in the second round and ran 10.47 in his heat, but came up just .01 of a second short of advancing to the semifinals. His time was not far off his time at the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds that helped him advance to the NCAA Championship this season.
Kynard finished 13th in the high jump after entering the contest with the highest jump of the season in the field. Kynard advanced to the final with ease clearing 2.20 meters, but then struggled in the final due to a mistake during the preparation stages for the competition.
Kynard cleared the first two heights of the final easily, but then barely brushed the bar at 2.18m.
Kynard’s summer of international competition is not over, as he will continue to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships in Deagu, South Korea. He finished third at the USA Championships to qualify for the team with the A Standard mark.
Silkauskas competed for Lithuania in the 110-meter hurdles and ran 14.19 seconds in the preliminaries to advance to the semifinals. His time was his third-fastest time this year not aided by high winds. He was unable to compete in the semis, however, and did not start.
Jurgilas closed out the competition on the final day after the Lithuanian 4x100 relay team qualified for the final running 40.05 in the prelims. Lithuania along with two other teams were disqualified in the final, however.