Tennessee high school decathlon champion Jett Kinder of Brentwood competed at the U20 (Under 20) Pan American games in San Jose, Costa Rica, and claimed a silver medal for Team USA in the decathlon.
Kinder collected 6627 points. He finished second to gold medalist Yancarlos Hernandez Souchai of Cuba, who won the event at the games held July 19-21 with a score of 7254.
“I feel good about my performance. I survived and advanced, and that’s the decathlon,” Kinder said. “I came here to medal … my overall score wasn’t what I expected, but I medaled and that was my goal.
"I knew I could medal for Team USA.”
Kinder is the two-time (2018, 2019) Tennessee decathlon champion, the 2019 pole vault state champion, the 2018 high jump state champion and the 2019 WilCo Awards Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Additionally, he is the reigning indoor Pentathlon High School National Champion.
Kinder is a rising senior from Brentwood High School and maintains a 4.67 GPA.
Kinder is coached by his father Gary Kinder, who was on the 1988 Olympic Team and 10 additional U.S. National Teams. He is the founder and executive director of the Kindersport Foundation. More information about the foundation can be found here: www.kindersportonline.com.
Kinder joins former Brentwood athletes Lauren Stewart, Kevin Lazas and George Patrick (Brentwood Academy), all coached by Gary Kinder, to compete in the Pan Am games.
For full results from the games click here.