Events: Long Jump (18-3), Triple Jump (42-2 1/2)
2017 Texas Class 6A State Champion (Triple Jump)
2016 Texas Class 6A Silver Medalist (Triple Jump)
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the nation's top triple jump prospects in the Class of 2017 ... Crowned the Texas Class 6A State Champion for the first time as a senior in 2017 while jumping a wind-aided 42 feet, 1 1/2 inches (+2.3) at the University Interscholastic League State Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin ... Posted her winning mark at the 2017 state meet on her final attempt of the competition to move from third to first in the final standings ... Jumped a personal best of 42-2 1/2 at the district meet in her senior season to rank No. 6 nationally among all high school classifications and No. 3 among triple jumpers in the Class of 2017 ... Finished runner-up in the triple jump at the 2017 Texas Relays with a mark of 41-5 1/4 ... Emerged as one of the nation's top triple jumpers during her junior season in 2016 … Jumped a wind-legal seasonal best of 41-3 (-1.2) in a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish at the 2016 UIL Class 6A State Track & Field Championships … Jump of 41-3 was the No. 8-ranked mark nationally among all classes and the No. 5-ranked performance among high school juniors during the 2016 outdoor season … Competed at the Class 6A state meet after also winning Region 1-6A (40-2 ½) and District 6-6A (39-2 ¾) silver medals as a high school junior … Also the District 6-6A silver medalist in the long jump during the 2016 season while jumping 18-1 ¼ in the event … Placed sixth in the girls' triple jump at the 2016 Texas Relays with a wind-legal mark of 39-7 (+0.3) … Cleared the 40-foot mark at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games with a mark of 40-2 ¾ (+0.4) for fourth place in the event held in Humble, Texas … Also competed in the long jump at the AAU Junior Olympic Games to cap her junior season … Won nine event titles between the long jump and triple jump during her junior season at Marcus High School in 2016 … Even ran the 400-meter dash during the high school season, posting a seasonal-best time of 57.24 seconds in a fourth-place finish at the District 6-6A Championships … Also plays basketball for her high school team at Marcus High School.
Full name is Kyndal Mikayla McKnight … Born on Nov. 26, 1998 … Parents are George and Keisha McKnight … Has two younger brothers, Kole and Kade … Father played college football at Oklahoma … An honor student at Marcus High School with a 4.5 weighted grade-point average during her prep career … Plans to major in civil engineering at LSU.