MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State University student Erik Kynard had plenty of support from the Wildcat nation Tuesday as he competed in the Olympics and came away with a silver medal in the high jump.
One watch party on campus was hosted by K-State's Athletic Department at Bramlage Coliseum so that staff members could cheer him on as well as the two other Team USA members who participated in the final.
Kynard cleared a height of 2.33 meters (7 feet, 7.73 inches) to finish in the Silver Medal position. Ivan Ukhov, a Russian jumper and world ranked #1, cleared 2.38 meters to win.
Kynard, 21, from Toledo, Ohio, is going to be a senior in the fall. He and the two other Team USA members who competed in the high jump are coached by Cliff Rovelto, Director of the Track and Field and Cross Country programs at K-State.
"We’re really just happy for them because you do know how hard they work and what kind of goals they have to try to get there and to see someone actually meet what they’re trying to do, it’s kind of a relief that they’ve been able to do it. It’s really fulfilling," said Kyle Hierholzer, assistant coach for the Track & Field team.
"Coach Rovelto is a really well known coach in the track and field community. All three of the Americans competing right now in the high jump are coached by him and train here in Manhattan so along with Erik, we’re proud of all our competitors that are representing the United States," he added.
Officials say this is the first time in 16 years that an active student athlete at K-State has competed in the Olympics.
Jeffrey Julmis, who graduated from Kansas State University this past May, finished 38th out of 53 Tuesday in the 110 meter hurdle competition for the Haitian team at the London Games.