Arizona's Esko Mikkola reacts after setting a new meet record in the javelin with a throw of 81.86 meters during the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday June 3, 1998. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Chuck Burton

Perhaps the top Finnish athlete in UA history — even beyond basketball’s Lauri Markkanen — Mikkola won NCAA championships in the javelin in 1998 and 2000, and also won three Pac-10 championships. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.