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Erik Kynard takes first in Olympic Trials

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The former Wildcat now hopes to improve on his 2012 silver.

And of course, Erik’s rockin’ the socks.
And of course, Erik’s rockin’ the socks.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Short and sweet today, because it’s the middle of July.

The big news over the weekend, at least as far as those who Wabash are concerned, was the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials. Once again, High Jump U represented as Eric Kynard took first, qualifying for his third Olympic Games. The silver medalist in London four years ago wasn’t pleased with his performance, even though he didn’t miss a jump until he tried 7’ 8.5”, which would have tied the trials record. The linked story, by the way, features the temporary return of Austin Meek to the Capital-Journal, as he filed the story on special assignment for his former employer. (Hi, Austin! We miss you!)

Kynard wasn’t the only athlete with K-State ties to earn a spot on Team USA. Although she went to Arizona State, Shelby Houlihan’s uncle is Bob Prince, who won an NCAA championship in the 880m at K-State back in the early 70s. Houlihan finished second in the women’s 5k, and will be heading to Rio as a result. (Jeff Budlong, Sioux City Journal)

Former voice of the Jayhawks Bob Davis is getting inducted into every Hall of Fame in Kansas, it seems. Davis is part of the 2016 class of the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame. More importantly, however, a former Silver Lake baseball star will be inducted alongside Davis: Lon Kruger, who many people forget was drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals after playing at K-State. The Capital-Journal’s Kevin Haskin has the story.

Lastly, women’s basketball news from Friday: Jeff Mittie has promoted two graduate assistants to full assistants. Strength and conditioning coach AJ Kloss and former Minnesota Golden Gopher Micaëlla Riché will become full-time members of Mittie’s staff.