By GRANT LEDGISTER
Williamson County is sending yet another athlete to compete at the national level.
Jett Kinder is a native Nashvillian and rising senior at Brentwood High School. He will be representing the U.S. at the U20 Pan American games, becoming only the fourth athlete from Brentwood ever to do so.
Kinder qualified for the event after placing second at the U20 Junior National Championships in Miramar, Fl., this past June.
To go along with this placement, Kinder won the Tennessee State Decathlon and was the Pentathlon High School National Champion and Pole Vault State Champion this year. He also was named High Jump State Champion last year.
Kinder has also garnered numerous accolades in the past two years, including winning the Tennessee Track and Field Athlete of the Year three times and the 2019 WilCo Awards Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Kinder gave credit for a lot of his success to the people and organizations that have had an impact on him throughout his career. Kinder said that these are people that help ease the difficulty of being a student athlete.
“I feel really blessed to have such a great support system,” Kinder said via a release. “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, Gary Kinder, has an extensive history in the sport. Not only did he compete for the U.S. at the 1988 Olympics and as a part of the new 10 national teams afterwards, but he was also the coach of the other three athletes from Brentwood to make the Pan American games.
The Pan American games will be held from July 19-21 in San Jose, Costa Rica.