Erik Kynard (Kansas State) and Skylar White (Baylor) have been named Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for their outstanding performance over the weekend. White picks up her first award of the year while Kynard earns his first outdoor award and third honor of the season.
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Male Athlete of the Week
Erik Kynard, Kansas State, Sr., Toledo, Ohio
High jumper Erik Kynard posted the No. 1 jump in the world this outdoor season on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The senior was honored by the USTFCCCA on Monday being named the NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week.
Kynard was up against a 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 to win the competition.
The leap of 2.34 meters ties his own school record and broke the Mt.SAC Relays meet record that was previously set at 2.32 meters (7-07.25).
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week
Skylar White, Baylor, Sr., DeSoto, Texas
White won both the shot put and discus competitions on Saturday at the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco. In the shot put, she recorded a heave of 53-6.25. In the discus event, White tallied a mark of 172-0. This is the third-time this outdoor season that the senior has won both events at a single meet. With her season-best throws, White ranks 12th in the shot put (55-2) and sixth in the discus (181-0) nationally.
2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
|March 27||Patrick McGregor, Texas, Sr.||Cierra White, Texas Tech, So.|
|April 3||Ryan Crouser, Texas, So.||Danielle Dowie, Texas, Jr.|
|April 10||Felix Obi, Baylor, Fr.||Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, Sr.|
|April 17||Nick Miller, Oklahoma State, So.||Paris Daniels, Kansas, Sr.|
|April 24||Erik Kynard, Kansas State, Sr.||Skylar White, Baylor, Sr.|