Bacchus Provisionally Qualifies in Long Jump
Feb. 10, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Charisse Bacchus turned in a great performance at the ISU Classic, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump. Her leap of 20 feet, 5 3/4 inches, was good for second place in the competition. The senior from Trinidad also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, narrowly missing a qualifying time for tomorrow’s semi-final race.
Sophomore Egor Agafonov followed up his automatically qualifying performance at last week’s Husker Invitational with another mammoth toss of 73-0 ¾ in the weight throw. The toss was good for the third-longest throw in the nation this season. Senior Sheldon Battle also had a great night, finishing third in the event with a provisionally qualifying mark of 67-6 ¼.
Freshman Zlata Tarasova had a solid showing at the ISU Classic as well, shattering the previous Kansas record in the weight throw by over six feet. Her toss of 61-0, which was good for eighth overall, beat the previous KU mark of 54-11 ¼ held by Lisa Brien.
Additionally, senior Erik Sloan finished eighth in the 5000-meter run in a time of 14 minute, 6.17 seconds. Senior Aaron Thompson also had a solid day, qualifying for tomorrow’s semi-finals in the 60-meter hurdles, doing so with a time of 7.90.
Freshman John McDonald was the top performer on the day for the Jayhawks at the Tyson Invite, finishing ninth in the pole vault. His jump of 15 feet, 5 ¼ inches, also marked his best jump on the indoor season. Junior Josh Kirk finished 11th in the same event, jumping 15-1 ½.