Agafonov Second, Battle 10th in Weight Throw at NCAA Championships
March 11, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
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Agafonov had a mammoth toss of 76 feet, one inch, to finish in second place overall. The throw beat his previous best mark by over three feet. Competing in just his fourth meet as a member of the Jayhawks, the Togliatti, Russia, native earned All-American honors for his performance.
Battle, who was coming off a fourth-place result in Friday’s shot put competition, had a toss of 69-0 to put him in 10th place overall. The Jamestown, N.Y., native also earned All-American accolades for finishing as one of the top-eight American competitors. Battle has now earned indoor All-American status in both the shot put and weight throw for the second-straight year.
The men’s track and field team finished with a point total of 13, good for 16th overall. The results was the team’s highest finish since 2002 when it finished eighth. The women’s team finished 45th out of 63 teams with four points.
With the conclusion of the men’s weight throw on Saturday, the indoor season wrapped up for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. The outdoor season will commence with the Tulsa Duels on March 25 in Tulsa, Okla.