Jayhawks Turn in Strong Performances at Husker Invitational

Feb. 3, 2007

Complete Results

Lawrence, Kan. –

Junior Egor Agafonov was named the male athlete of the meet at the Husker Invitational after throwing for a meet record and NCAA automatically qualifying throw of 74-00.75 feet in the weight throw. Juniors Crystal Manning and Colby Wissel also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, as Manning improved her NCAA provisional mark while Wissel, the 2006 Big 12 cross country champion, earned a provisional mark in the men’s 3000 meters.

Agafonov continued his assault on the Division I performance chart with his throw, as the junior has now won every meet in which he has competed and owns the second-longest throw in the nation. The throw was also a season best for the 2006 Big 12 champion and All-American in the event.

Manning improved her triple jump mark with a winning performance of 42-09.75 feet. Wissel won the 3000 meters in a time of 8:03.33, a new personal best, besting the provisional mark by over a second.

Junior Kate Sultanova won the women’s pole vault by clearing 13-05.25, another NCAA provisional mark for the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor Newcomer of the Year.

Sophomore Victoria Howard took second in the women’s 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 24.27. Senior Janiece Gatson placed third in the 600-yard run in a time of 1:23.22 and senior Melissa O’Rourke took second in the women’s 1000 meters in a time of 2:52.31.

On the men’s side, junior Matt Baysinger (1:51.16) and senior Clif Mitchell (1:51.75) finished second and third, respectively, in the men’s 800 meters. Juniors Paul Hefferon (8:13.61) and Patrick McGowan (8:33.40) finished second and third, respectively, behind Wissel in the men’s 3000 meters. Freshman Jordan Scott placed second in the men’s pole vault with a jump of 16-10.75 feet.

The team’s return to the track on Feb. 9-10 at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa. Stay tuned to kuathletics.com for all the results, stats and information on the meet.