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KU trio tapped All-Americans

Agafanov, Young, Heffernon excel at NCAA meet

June 10, 2006

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— The Kansas University men's and women's track and field teams added three more All-America honors to their total Friday at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

Sophomores Egor Agafonov and Paul Hefferon from the men's team and senior Denita Young from the women's team each earned the award for their performances, joining senior Charisse Bacchus, who was tapped Thursday in the long jump.

Agafonov placed fifth in the hammer throw to become a two-time All-American in just his first year on the KU squad. The Togliatti, Russia, native had a best toss of 219 feet, 3 inches. In addition to his All-America honors, Agafonov was also the Big 12 and regional champion in the event this season, as well as the school record holder.

Though Young finished 10th in the javelin Friday with a throw of 158-7, her position as one of the top eight American competitors secured her All-American status. The Liberal native finished as an All-American at the 2001 NCAA Championships as well while competing for the University of Tennessee. She finishes her career as a Jayhawk third on the school's all-time performance list.

Hefferon notched a 14th-place finish in a time of 14 minutes, 28.37 seconds in the 5,000 meters in his first NCAA Championships. Like Young, the Overland Park native finished as a top-eight American to give him the All-American honors. The championships will wrap up today for KU when senior Sheldon Battle will compete in the men's shot put.

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