Agafonov Breaks Hammer Record at Mesa Classic

April 17, 2006

MESA, Ariz. –

Competing at the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz., over the weekend, a group of Kansas throwers had a very successful meet that included a new school record being set. Sophomore Egor Agafonov shattered Scott Russell’s old hammer record by over 10 feet. Agafonov’s heave of 228-6 broke the old record of 218-5, won the event and moved him into third on the national performance list.

Agafonov’s new record comes on the heels of teammate Zlata Tarasova’s setting the women’s hammer record at the Texas Relays on April 14. Tarasova, like Agafonov a native of Togliatti, Russia, broke her own record over the weekend with a toss of 199-11. She had originally set the standard with a toss of 193-10 in Austin. Both Agafonov’s and Tarasova’s performances were easily regionally-qualifying marks.

Senior Sheldon Battle won the invitational shot put competition with a toss of 64-6. The Jamestown, N.Y., native also finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 198-8. That performance vaulted him into third place on KU’s all-time performance list and fifth on the national performance list. He finished fifth in the hammer (197-3) to round out his weekend. Battle is now in the top three of Kansas’ all-time performance list in the hammer, shot put and discus, the only student-athlete in KU’s history to have that honor.

The Jayhawks’ final first-place performance came from senior Denita Young. Her throw of 151-7 in the javelin beat the field and gave her another regional mark.

Junior Abby Emsick and freshman Stephanie Horton also had a busy weekend competing in the discus and shot put. Horton moved into third on the Kansas performance list in the shot put with a throw of 49-11 1/4. The toss was also good for third at the competition. Emsick, who owns the KU discus record, finished third in that event (171-1) and fourth in the shot put (47-9). Horton came in fifth in the discus (152-7).

Junior Cody Roberts finished sixth in both the hammer (179-11) and the discus (186-10).

The track and field teams will now turn their attention to the 79th annual Kansas Relays. The Relays run from April 20-22 with GOLDZONE II beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, from Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.