Kynard repeats as NCAA champion in high jump



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kansas State’s Erik Kynard successfully defended his high jump title Thursday in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, clearing 7 feet, 8 inches.

Kynard held off Indiana’s Derek Drouin in a thrilling final, though his stab at tying the collegiate record of 7-9 3/4 fell short.

Boise State’s Kurt Felix won the decathlon with 8,062 points, while Tim Glover defended his title in the javelin with a throw of 268 feet.

Southern Illinois’s Jeneva McCall, won the women’s hammer throw at 225-3 after finishing second last year, and TCU’s Whitney Gipson took the long jump at 22-4 1/2.

Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers won the 10,000 meters in 32 minutes, 41.63 seconds. LSU star Kimberlyn Duncan topped her own world-leading time in the 200 by qualifying for the final in 22.19.