Kaiser takes talents from the field to the track
You may have heard of a two time All-American wide receiver, Kyle Kaiser. You can see his name in the top-ten receiving records of all UNK and RMAC football seasons, and now also, on the track and field teams’ roster.
Kaiser currently stands in the top three in Loper history for all-purpose yards (3rd; 5,138), receptions (3rd; 193), receiving yards (2nd; 3,355), receiving touch downs (2nd; 38) and yards per catch (3rd; 22.07). However, the senior sports administration major from Broomfield, Colo. isn’t that bowled over by his own impressive resume.
“Yeah, I knew I had some records, but the team’s record was the only thing that really mattered,” said Kaiser about his success.
After completing one of the most successful careers the Lopers have ever seen, Kaiser is wrapping up his senior year on the track. During a pickup game of basketball in Cushing Coliseum, jump coach Ross Fellows was able to convince Kaiser that his abilities could be utilized not only on the football field but on the track as well.
His first meet at Doane College showed his all around athleticism with a win in the 55 meter with a time 6.62. The next week at the Charlie Foster Open, Kaiser took the second spot on the podium, losing only to UNK Senior Cody Klein.
Not only is Kaiser running the 55 meter, but he is also long jumping. The senior has been learning to adjust to coming out of the starting blocks rather than standing in front of a cornerback and is getting faster starts every week.
“I’m really looking forward to pre-qualifying. My times are getting better every week. As long as I hit my mark when I long jump, I should be close to qualifying in that too,” said Kaiser after taking first at Doane.
At a recent meet at Concordia, Kaiser set a new personal record (6.92) in the 60 meter and is just four hundredths of a second from a provisional time to qualify for the National Championships. He took third in the meet.
The now two-sport athlete sets his sights on the Division-II National Championships held Albuquerque, NM, this February. He is currently undecided about continuing to the outdoor track season but is looking forward to showcasing his talents the rest of this upcoming season.
Reporter Arthur Hobbs