CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Kyle Alcine has decided to stay in Kansas following his graduation this spring as the jumper signed his national letter of intent with Kansas State University on Friday.
"It was a long process, but I just felt the coaching there will be more suitable for me," Alcine said. "I'm wanting to become a professional track athlete after school, so that's why I chose K-State."
Alcine will be under the tutelage of Cliff Rovelto, the Director of Track and Field for the Wildcats, now in his 27th season at the helm.
"We're really excited to see what K-State can do with Kyle," said Cloud County assistant track coach, Drew Mahin. "Coach Rovelto is one of the most respected and accomplished high jump coaches in the sport, so Kyle couldn't have picked a better school for his event and we're very proud of him."
Alcine was a two-time national placer his freshman season in the high jump, posting a mark of 6'10.75 during the indoor season to finish seventh overall, then 6'9.75 at the outdoor championships to earn sixth place.
His best mark of the season came during the 2018 Indoor Region VI/KJCCC Championships as Alcine won the event with a personal record leap of 7'1, helping the T-Birds to a first-place finish in the KJCCC West and runner-up finish in the region.
"I think Kyle is the ultimate competitor when it comes to competitions. He's always able to step up his level of focus and performance when it matters the most," Mahin said. "We saw that last year at the indoor Region VI/KJCCC Championships. He performed his best jump of the year at that point. He's fought through some injuries and I think that will only make him a stronger athlete in the future, dealing with adversity at the next level."