Three Wildcats to represent K-State at USATF Outdoor Championships

Erik Kynard Jr., participates in the men's high jump finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Monday, June 25, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three athletes from the Kansas State track and field team have a big summer ahead--suiting up for the USA Track and Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships June 21-24.

Seniors Morgan Wedekind will compete in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Terrell Smith in the 200 meters and Janee' Kassanavoid in the women's hammer throw. This year will be Smith and Kassanavoid's seconcareer appearances.

Former Wildcat high jumper Erik Kynard will also compete, hoping to earn his fifth outdoor championship in the men's high jump.

“Certainly, it is a good test for the collegians that are competing,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto said in a press release. “Many of them are coming off competing all season long, but the experience of competing at this meet can benefit them in the future.”

Kynard has won four of the last five high jump titles, including 2015 where he tied Jesse Williams' meet record of 2.37 meters (7 feet, 9.25 inches). This will be his eighth appearance in the meet in as many years.

Wedekind placed 21st overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but it was her qualifying time of 9:56.26 that earned her her first bid to the USATF Outdoor Championships this weekend.

Smith, an indoor and outdoor All-American in 2018, placed 21st in the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships with a time of 20.79. He was the first All-American in the 200 meters in program history.

Kassanavoid is a three-time All-American in the women's hammer throw, and finished 14th overall in last year's USATF Outdoor Championships. She looks to top a new personal best of 68.21 meters achieved at the Big 12 Championships this year.

The meet will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, and can be seen live on NBC Sports Network.