Brentwood High School rising senior Jett Kinder will join Team USA from July 19-21 at the 2019 U20 Pan American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Kinder earned his spot on Team USA by placing second (to rising Rice University sophomore Corbett Fong) at the United States under-20 Junior National Championships in Miramar, Florida in June with a score of 6,512.
Kinder is a two-time (2018, 2019) Tennessee Class AAA state 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.
A true student-athlete, Kinder also sports a 4.67 GPA.
“I feel really blessed to have such a great support system," he said. "My dad is my coach, and we’ve been working together since I could walk. The athletic department and the teachers at Brentwood High provide me with a great situation where I can balance a pretty challenging academic course load with an intense training schedule.”
Kinder’s father is Gary Kinder, a former U.S. Olympic Trials decathlon champion who was on the 1988 Olympic team and 10 subsequent U.S. national teams.
Jett Kinder joins a prestigious list of former Brentwood athletes Lauren Stewart, Kevin Lazas and George Patrick (Brentwood Academy), all coached by Gary Kinder, to compete in the Pan Am Games.
The 2019 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships is the 20th edition of the biennial track and field competition for under-20 athletes from the Americas, organized by the Association of Pan-American Athletics.