Archive for Sunday, January 28, 2007

Agafonov earns NCAA invitation

January 28, 2007

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— Kansas University's Egor Agafanov earned an automatic NCAA qualifying mark in the weight throw Saturday at the DeHart Invitational.

Meanwhile, three additional Jayhawks secured provisional NCAA marks at the event.

Agafonov, the reigning Big 12 champion in the discipline, recorded a toss of 71 feet, 21â2 inches to win the event. The junior now owns the No. 2 mark in the nation, and has won the event at every meet he's competed in this season.

Pole vaulters Kate Sultanova and Britany Parker were among the highlights for the KU women. Sultanova, a junior, finished second by clearing 13-81â4, and Parker, a freshman, took third with a leap of 13-41â4. Both are season bests and NCAA provisional marks.

KU junior Crystal Manning earned the final provisional, finishing fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 42-31â2.

Despite competing without their distance runners, the women's team finished seventh, while the men placed eighth.

Both teams return to the track next Friday at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

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