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Pitt State Kiner Named Central Region Field Athlete of the Year

LJ Kiner finished in the top 3 in the long jump and triple jump at the Outdoor Nationals.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State Men’s Athletics has won three USTFCCCA awards

Junior LJ Kiner is the Central Region Outdoor Athlete of the Year.

Kiner finished 3rd in the long jump at the Outdoor Nationals, with a best jump of 25 feet 4 inches. He took 2nd place in the triple jump at the Nationals with a jump of 52 feet.

“He’s a special talent, not just as a person but…god, this guy is a monster athlete. He’s really talented,” Pitt State head coach Kyle Rutledge says of Kiner, “What he did at nationals in the long jump and then in the 4X100m in the triple jump… he’s always fair in competition and staying focused and doing what he has to do for the team. He’ll at American meets here in a few weeks and he’s going to perform well there, he’s going to get that experience and know what he needs to do to get to the next level.

Along with Kiner taking home the honour, Rutledge was named Central Region Away Coach of the Year – and his assistant, Jason Crow, was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

These two helped lead the Gorilla Men to their first-ever outdoor national championship, which included two individual national champions and 13 All-Americans.

“It means a lot that your peers actually respect what you do,” says Rutledge, “It means a lot to our kids. They do a great job and they are respected by other coaches. Coach Crow has done a phenomenal job. For him , getting this distinction just means a lot. We do things the right way here and we are respected by our peers.


Pittsburg State University Athletics Head Coach Kyle Rutledge was named NCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year for Outdoor Men’s Athletics on Monday June 6, while assistant coach Jason Crow was awarded the Central Regional Men’s Away Assistant Coach of the Year. racetrack. Junior LJ Kiner was also selected as the Central Region Field Athlete of the Year for Men’s Outdoor Athletics.

Rutledge, in his 10th year at Pittsburg State (his first year as head coach), led the Gorillas to their first outdoor national title in program history at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA Division II with 70 points. Under Rutledge’s leadership, the Gorillas had national champions in the 110-meter hurdles (Louis Rollins) and 400-meter (Braylen Brewer), while 13 different athletes earned first-team All-America honors. Pittsburg State also won the MIAA Outdoor Championships with 169 points and posted 14 All-MIAA finishes. Rutledge athletes broke seven school records during the outdoor season.

Crow, in his second year as an assistant coach at Pittsburg State, coached the Gorillas’ sprint/hurdle group to score 38 of the team’s 70 points in winning the team title at the Outdoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA Division II. His athletes won titles in the 400m (Brewer) and 110 hurdles (Rollins) and added a second in the 4×400 relay, third in the 110 hurdles (TJ Caldwell) and fifth in the 4x100m relay. His sprint team scored 55 points at the MIAA Outdoor Championships, helping Pittsburg State to the team title.

Kiner, a native of Humble, Texas, finished in the top 3 at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). He won the triple jump at the MIAA Outdoor Championships and placed fourth in the long jump. Kiner entered the NCAA playoffs as the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the triple jump with an effort of 16.36m (53-8¼).