Toledo Rogers senior Kynard skies above the rest en route to Ohio’s top honor

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Toledo Rogers’ Erik Kynard is the 2009 Ohio High Magazine Boys Field event Performer of the Year

The high jump competition at this year’s Division I state track and
field championships offered arguably the deepest, most talented and
toughest field in the 102-year history of the competition. Fittingly the state’s record holder in the event – Toledo Rogers senior Erik Kynard – won it…and the Ohio High Boys Field Event Perfomer of the Year award.


The high jump competition at this year’s Division I state track and field championships offered arguably the deepest, most talented and toughest field in the 102-year history of the event.

Fittingly the state’s record holder in the event won it.

Toledo Rogers senior Erik Kynard captured his second straight state title and survived a gauntlet that featured four competitors that cleared 7-0 this spring. Kynard’s winning leap of 7-1 ranks as the fourth best mark all-time at the state meet.

Kynard was the state runner-up as a sophomore.

After sailing over 7-4.5 during the indoor season, Kynard opened the outdoor season by winning the fabled Mehock Relays in Mansfield with a leap of 7-2.5.

Kynard’s best jump during the outdoor season was 7-3.5 at the Toledo City League Championships.

Kynard is also an accomplished long jumper and owns the state’s farthest leap in that event this summer (24-3).

Kansas State is Kynard’s college destination.

Kynard cleared 5-8 in his first high jump attempt in junior high and sailed 6-6 as a freshman at Toledo Start.

He transferred to Rogers for his sophomore year, specifically to work with jumping coach Eric Browning. The move has paid off. Kynard plans to compete in several national and possibly international events this summer. 

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