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Jayhawk thrower wins national title

March 10, 2007

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— Kansas University's Egor Agafonov won the national championship in the 2007 men's weight throw.

"This is the biggest win of my life. I can't really describe how I am feeling right now," Agafonov said of his career-best throw of 77 feet, 51â4 inches.

His second throw of the competition was enough to edge Auburn's Cory Martin. The two had gone back and forth all season for the nation's top mark. Martin finished second with a throw of 76 feet, 41â4 inches.

Nobody else reached 72 feet.

"I was trying not to think too much about what had happened in the past," Agafonov said. "I knew I needed to throw a personal best to win the competition. I had thrown the distance in practice, but to do it in competition, at the national championships is great."

Agafonov became the first Jayhawk to capture an individual NCAA championship since Amy Linnen won the women's indoor pole vault in 2005 and the first KU man to win since Leo Bookman captured the 200-meter dash crown in 2004.

Kansas continues competition today when juniors Kate Sultanova and Colby Wissel compete in the women's pole vault and the men's 3000 meters, respectively. Both enter the competition as the second seed in the event.

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