Six Jayhawks Earn All-America Honors
March 17, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Two-time weight throw national champion, Egor Agafonov was honored along with seniors Kate Sultanova and Crystal Manning, juniors Stephanie Horton and Nickesha Anderson and sophomore Jordan Scott as 2008 indoor track and field All-Americans as announced by the USTFCCCA on Sunday night. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Agafonov became the first Big 12 athlete to repeat as the national champion in the men’s weight throw and just the first man in Kansas history to win All-America honors in the event in three-consecutive years. He also joins KU greats, Leo Bookman, Karl Salb and Jim Ryun as the only Jayhawks to win back-to-back indoor national titles.
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas’ women, who had their highest finish in NCAA history (10th) and their highest finish in Big 12 history (third) this year, continue to take over the record book. With All-America honors in five different events at the NCAA Championships, they set yet another team record. The previous best was four in 1978.
Anderson became the first woman in ten years to win All-American honors in two events for KU. The Hanover, Jamaica, native ran the second-fastest time in the world this year at 20.62 to place second in the 200-meter dash and also finished sixth in the 60 meters. She is the first Jayhawk to win the distinction in either event.
Manning became the first triple jump All-American in school history. The Terrell, Texas, native set the school record and was the Big 12 champion in the event this season. She placed 13th at the NCAA Championships.
The award was the fourth of Sultanova’s career, her second indoor honor after her second-straight third-place finish at the NCAA’s. The pole vaulter from Krasnodar, Russia, became the first KU female to repeat as an indoor All-American since Andrea Branson did so in the same event from 1998-2000.
Scoring for the Kansas women with her eighth-place finish in the shot put, Stephanie Horton earned All-America honors for the first time. She holds the school-record in the event after a toss of 16.80 meters (55 feet, 1 ½ inches) placed her second at the conference championships.
For the fourth straight year the Kansas men had two All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. Scott won his first career All-America honor, placing ninth in the event at Nationals. He is KU’s first men’s pole vaulter to earn the distinction since 2002.
The Jayhawks will look to duplicate their indoor success when they open the outdoor season at the Missouri Relays, March 28-29. Kansas hosts its lone home outdoor meet, the Kansas Relays, April 16-19.