Williamson, Kynard will compete in the IAAF World Championship


Four athletes from the K-State women’s track and field team competed in the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association Track and Field National Senior Championships held in Kingston, Jamaica from June 22-25.

Athletes in attendance were sophomore Shadae Lawrence, discus throw; sophomore Shardia Lawrence, women’s triple jump; sophomore Shanae McKenzie, high jump; graduate student Kim Williamson, high jump; senior Janee’ Kassanavoid, hammer throw; and freshman Wurrie Njadoe, long jump.

Williamson, former high jump national champion, won the high jump title with a mark of 6 feet and 2 inches, the same mark she achieved to win the 2017 NCAA Championship. Williamson won the title on her first attempt. She was unable to clear 6 feet and 3.25 inches on her last three attempts.

Williamson is now qualified for the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) Federation World Championship Aug. 5-13 at the London Stadium in England.

Erik Kynard Jr., assistant coach for K-State’s Track and Field team, also qualified for the IAAF World Championship. He competed in the men’s high jump, where he finished third with a mark of 7 feet 5.25 inches.

McKenzie placed sixth in high jump with a mark of 5 feet and 5 inches.

Shadae Lawrence finished fourth in discus throw with a mark of 188 feet and 4 inches in the final round.

Shadria Lawrence took third place after she cleared 44 feet and 8.75 inches in the women’s triple jump competition.

Kassanavoid finished 14th in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 207 feet and 1 inch. Njadoe took 12th in the same event with a mark of 19 feet and 9.75 inches.

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