Battle Finishes Fourth, Bacchus Fifth at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 10, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
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Competing in the shot put, senior Sheldon Battle earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year. Entering the meet as the second-ranked shot putter in the country, Battle had a toss of 63 feet, 4 inches, good for fourth overall. Battle, along with sophomore Egor Agafonov, will also be in competition tomorrow in the weight throw.
Senior Charisse Bacchus gained All-American status as well. The native of Cascade, POS, Trinidad, had a leap of 20-11 3/4 in the long jump to put her in fifth place in the competition. Bacchus, who broke her own school record last week with a jump of 21-0 3/4, improved upon her 10th-place result at last year’s indoor championships.
Senior Aaron Thompson competed in the 60-meter hurdles to round out the individual competitors for KU. The Lenexa, Kan., native ran a time of 7.84 seconds in his preliminary heat but did not advance to the finals. The performance tied the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, a record Thompson broke himself broke last week.
Also competing on the day was the men’s distance medley relay team of Joshy Madathil, Matt Baysinger, Brandon Hodges and Benson Chesang. The team’s time of 9:46.53 was good for 10th overall.
Agafonov and Battle will be back in action tomorrow competing in the weight throw. The event is set to begin at 2 p.m. from the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.