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Jayhawks advance at NCAA Outdoor

June 7, 2007

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— Six Kansas University track-and-field athletes qualified for the finals on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Julius Jiles set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.66 seconds.

Junior Egor Agafonov qualified for Friday's final in the men's weight throw, finishing the preliminaries with a throw of 218-feet, 3-inches.

Senior Eric Babb and junior Barrett Saunders both qualified for today's long jump finals. Saunders, the Big 12 and Midwest Region champion, led all competitors with a jump of 25-83â4.

"It definitely feels good to do that well in the preliminaries. It gives me a lot of confidence heading into the finals," Saunders said. "I'll probably still need to jump a little better in the finals to win, but considering I felt a little flat today, I am very happy that I qualified for the finals by nearly setting a new career best."

Babb qualified fourth at 25-2.

Kate Sultanova, a 2007 Indoor All-American, advanced to the finals of the women's pole vault with a clearance of 13-11â2.

In the women's discus, senior Abby Emsick moved on to the event's finals with a throw of 170-11, the ninth-best performance in the event.

Josh Kirk currently sits in 25th place in the men's decathlon with 3,540 points through five events.

Freshman pole vaulter Jordan Scott missed his three attempts at 16-103â4.

Senior Cody Roberts concluded his Kansas career in the discus with a throw of 172-0.

Junior Hugh Murphy missed qualifying for the men's javelin.

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