K-State high jumper wins Olympic silver

7 Aug

Kansas State track and field just got a whole lot more prominent. Having a student-athlete win an Olympic medal will do that.

21-year-old Erik Kynard had already proved himself to be the best collegiate high jumper in the country. After taking the silver medal in the high jump in the Olympics today,  he is now recognized as one of the best in the world.

Kynard, a two-time NCAA champion, competed at the Olympic trials in 2008, but this year he went all the way to London.

In the 2012 indoor season, Kynard placed first in every meet except the NCAA championship, when he tied for fourth. In the 2012 outdoor season, Kynard placed first in every meet, including the NCAA championship, when he set a school record with a jump of 7 feet, 8 inches.

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