Japheth Cato
Japheth Cato

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Crete, Ill.

High School:
Bloom Township

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 180

Event:
Multi-Events

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Eligibility (Indoor/Outdoor): Senior/Senior

Notables
• Big Ten record-holder in indoor heptathlon (6,165 points)
• Ranks as No. 4 collegian all-time in the indoor heptathlon
• First collegian to top 6,000 points four times in a career (heptathlon)
• Seventh collegian to top 6,000-point plateau in indoor heptathlon
• School record-holder in indoor pentathlon (4,040 points)
• School record-holder in pole vault (18-2 1/2 (5.55m))
• 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Big Ten champion (indoor heptathlon)
• 2013, 2012 All-American (indoor heptathlon)
• 2012 Second-team All-American (decathlon)
• 2011 Second-team All-American (heptathlon)
• 2012 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year
• 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year
• 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships
• 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Indoor

At Wisconsin
2014 Indoor:
At the NCAA championships (3/14-15), finished 16th in the pole vault by clearing 17-4 1/2 (5.30m) ... also competed in the heptathlon but did not complete the event ... in the heptathlon, won the conference title by amassing 5,837 points, including a personal record in the shot put (44-3 1/4 (13.49m)) at the Big Ten championships (2/28-3/1) ... also placed third in the long jump (23-11 3/4 (7.31m)) and 10th in the pole vault (16-5 1/4 (5.01m)) ... at the Red & White Open (2/21), finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-8 1/4 (2.04m) and sixth in the preliminary round of the 60 meters in 7.14 ... set a personal and school record in the pole vault by clearing 18-2 1/2 (5.55m) to finish second at the Tyson Invitational (2/14-15) ... also placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 24-7 1/4 (7.50m) and 13th in the semifinal round of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.07 ... competing in the long jump for the first time this season, finished third with a leap of 24-6 1/4 (7.48m)at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (2/7) ... at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/25), set a personal record in the high jump, clearing 7-2 1/4 (2.19m), good for first place ... also won the pole vault with a clearance of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m) ... in his season debut, won both the pole vault and high jump with clearances of 16-4 3/4 (5.00m) and 6-11 (2.11m), respectively at the Wisconsin vs. Missouri Dual (1/18)

2014 Outdoor:
Placed seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-8 3/4 (5.10m) and seventh in the long jump with a mark of 23-9 3/4 (7.25m) at the Big Ten championships (5/16-5/18) ... at the Tom Botts Invitational (5/3), won the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1 1/2 (5.22m) and the long jump with a leap of 24-1 (7.34m) ... finished 10th in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 17-6 1/2 (5.35m) and 21st in the long jump with a leap of 23-4 1/2 (7.12m) at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/18-19) ... at the Florida Relays (4/4-5), making his outdoor season debut, won the pole vault by clearing 17-0 3/4 (5.20m) and finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 23-11 1/2 (7.30m)

2013 Indoor: Finished runner-up for the second year in a row at the NCAA championships (3/8-9) with a personal-best and school-record 6,165 points, earning first-team All-America honors ... in the heptathlon, set personal bests in the 1000 meters (2:45.26) and pole vault (17-4 1/2 (5.30m)) ... won the Big Ten heptathlon for the third year in a row, posting a new school-record and personal-best score of 6,090 points at the Big Ten championships (2/23) to earn All-Big Ten honors ... In the heptathlon, set career bests in the 1000 meters (2:45.42) and 60 hurdles (7.83) ... also finished runner-up in the long jump with a personal-record leap of 25-9 1/4 (7.85m) to earn All-Big Ten honors and 13th in the open pole vault with a height of 16-4 (4.98m) ... won the long jump with a season-best leap of 24-7 3/4 (7.51m) at the Red & White Open (2/15) ... also won the pole vault with a vault of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m) and finished fifth in the 60 meters in 7.07 seconds ... earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors after winning the heptathlon with 6,024 points at the Frank Sevigne Invitational (2/2) ... during the heptathlon, set personal records in the 60 meters (7.01 seconds) and pole vault (17-2 3/4; 5.25m) ... with a vault of 16-0 3/4 (4.90m), finished third at the Bill Bergan Invitational (1/26) ... placed 19th in the shot put with a heave of 36-10 1/4 (11.23m) ... won the penthathlon with a score of 3,878 points at the Wisconsin Invitational (1/18) ... also won the 60 hurdles with a season-best time of 7.95 seconds ... won the 60-meter hurdles at the Badger Track Classic (1/12) in a time of 7.97 seconds ... helped the 4x400-meter relay team win in 3:14.46 ... took first in the long jump with a leap of 23-5 1/2 (7.15m) and fifth in the high jump with a jump of 6-7 1/2 (2.02m)

2013 Outdoor:
Won the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 17-5 3/4 (5.33m), won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 25-8 3/4 (7.84m), won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.36 seconds and was part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished third in 40.49 secondsat the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (4/26-27) ... helped the 4x100-meter relay team finish first at the Musco Twilight Invitational (4/20) in 40.81 seconds ... finished runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.20 and the long jump with a leap of 24-5 1/2 at the Spec Towns Invitational (4/13) ... also was part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished third in 40.58 seconds ... won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.11 seconds at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (3/30) ... also finished second in the pole vault with a height of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m), seventh in the discus with a personal-best heave of 129-11 (39.60m), 12th in the javelin with a throw of 137 (41.76m) and helped the 4x100-meter relay team finish second in 41.02 seconds and the 4x400-meter relay team finish sixth in 3:15.14 ... finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Alabama Relays (3/23) in a personal-best time of 14.03 seconds ... also was part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished fifth in 41.48 seconds

2012 Indoor:
Claimed All-America honors with runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA championships (3/9-10) after recording Big Ten record total of 6,082 points ... became seventh collegian to top 6,000-point plateau and ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA history ... broke 14-year-old Big Ten standard by scoring 5,939 points to win heptathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (2/4) ... defended his Big Ten title in the heptathlon at the Big Ten championships (2/24-25), recording 5,902 points ... also finished third in long jump with a personal-best leap of 25-0 3/4 (7.64m) and took fourth in 60-meter hurdles after running personal-best 7.88 in prelims ... broke All-American Joe Detmer's school record in the pentathlon with 4,040 points to win at the Wisconsin Invitational (1/20)

2012 Outdoor: Earned second-team All-America honors with 14th-place finish in decathlon at the NCAA championships (6/6-7), scoring 7,492 points ... finished runner-up in the pole vault with the No. 5 all-time UW mark of 17-3 (5.26m), placed fourth in the long jump with the No. 4 all-time UW mark of 25-1 3/4 (7.66m) and also came in 10th in a preliminary section of the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.33 seconds at the Big Ten championships (5/11-12) ... finished 18th in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m) and also came in 47th place in the first round of the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.65 at the NCAA West preliminary (5/25) ... competing in his first collegiate decathlon, finished fifth at the Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events (4/18-19) with the No. 5 all-time UW total of 7,616 points ... made his season debut at the Stanford Invitational (4/6-7) by taking the win in the long jump with a personal-best lunge of 24-6 1/4 (7.47m) ... finished runner-up in the 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.04 and also came in fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m)

2011 Indoor: Claimed conference title in the heptathlon with score of 5,742 at the Big Ten championships (2/26) ... also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 24-5 3/4 (7.46m) at the Big Ten championships (2/27) ... earned second-team All-America honors by placing 15th in the heptathlon at the NCAA championships (3/11) with a score of 5,436 points ... had personal-best performance in the pole vault of 17-0 (5.20m) at NCAA meet ... won the heptathlon with a score of 5,689 points at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/28-29) ... finished second in the pentathlon with 3,821 points and claimed third place in the pole vault with a height of 16-4 3/4 (5.00m) at the Badger Track Classic (1/15)

2011 Outdoor: Led off Badgers' third-place effort in the 4x100-meter relay at the Big Ten championships (5/15), clocking a time of 40.81 ... also finished sixth in long jump at Big Ten meet (5/14) with a wind-aided leap of 23-4 (7.11m) ... claimed a second-place finish in the pole vault at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/14) with a clearance of 16-8 3/4 (5.10m) ... finished seventh in the pole vault at the Florida Relays (4/2) with a clearance of 16-7 1/2 (5.07m) ... finished fourth in the long jump at the Beach Invitational (4/16) with a personal-best jump of 24-3 (7.39m) ... finished 14th in the 110-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.64 at the Beach Invitational (4/16)

High School
As a senior, 2009 Illinois Class 3A state runner-up in pole vault (15-6) and long jump (22-11 3/4) ... four-time state qualifier in track ... All-Southland Athletic Conference in football ... coach: Andrew Schmitt

Personal
Parents are Andrew and Crystal Cato ... has seven siblings, Javan Cato, Alania Wilson, Christina Wilson, Alonzo Cato, Hannah Cato, Zaria Cato and Oceane Cato ... involved in SAESO (Student Athletes Equally Supporting Others) ... major is nonprofit community leadership

Why Wisconsin?
"Amazing academic school. Great athletic program. Overall, a good place to be."

Personal Bests
Indoor Outdoor
60 Meters 7.01 2-2-13 100 Meters 10.83 4-18-12
1000 Meters 2:45.26 3-09-13 400 Meters 47.93 6-6-12
60 Hurdles 7.83 2-23-13 1500 Meters 4:42.67 6-7-12
High Jump 7-2 1/4 (2.19m) 1-25-14 110 Hurdles 14.03 3-23-13
Pole Vault 18-2 1/2 (5.55m) 2-15-14 High Jump 6-8 (2.03m) 4-18-12
Long Jump 25-9 1/4 (7.85m) 2-23-13 Pole Vault 17-6 1/2 (5.35m) 4-18-14
Shot Put 44-3 1/4 (13.49m) 2-28-14 Long Jump 25-8 3/4 (7.84m) 4-27-13
Shot Put 40-4 1/4 (12.30m) 4-18-12
Discus 129-11 (39.60m) 3-30-13
Javelin 147-6 (44.96m) 4-14-12
Multi-Events
Pentathlon 4,040 1-20-12
(8.00 / 24-1 3/4 / 39-0 1/4 / 6-9 / 2:56.50)
Heptathlon 6,165 3-08/09-13
(7.08 / 25-2 / 39-9 3/4 / 6-11 / 7.95 / 17-4 1/2 / 2:45.26)
Decathlon 7,616 4-18/19-12
(10.83 / 7.57m / 12.30m / 2.03m / 49.06 / 14.08 / 30.82m / 5.00m / 44.51m / 4:55.17)

All-America Honors (2)
2013 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 2nd (6,165)

2012 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 2nd (6,082)

Second-Team All-America Honors (2)
2012 - Outdoor (1)
Decathlon: 14th (7,492)

2011 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 15th (5,436)

All-Big Ten Honors (6)
2014 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 1st (5,837)

2013 - Indoor (2)
Heptathlon: 1st (6,090)
Long Jump: 2nd (25-9 1/4 (7.85m))

2012 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 1st (5,902)

2012 - Outdoor (1)
Pole Vault: 2nd (17-3 (5.26m))

2011 - Indoor (1)
Heptathlon: 1st (5,742)

At the NCAA Championships
2014 - Indoor
Pole Vault: 16th (17-4 1/2 (5.30m))
Heptathlon: DNF (7.13 / 24-4 ½ / 42-9 / NH / DNS / DNS / DNS)

2013 - Indoor
Heptathlon: 2nd 6,165 (7.08 / 25-2 / 39-9 3/4 / 6-11 / 7.95 / 17-4 1/2 2:45.26)

2012 - Indoor
Heptathlon: 2nd - 6,082 (7.08 / 24-11 3/4 / 41-1 3/4 / 6-9 3/4 / 7.91 / 17-0 3/4 / 2:49.34)

2012 - Outdoor
Decathlon: 14th - 7,492

2011 - Indoor
Heptathlon: 15th (5,436)

At the NCAA Preliminary Round
2012 - West Preliminary Round
110 Hurdles: 47th-P (14.65)
Pole Vault: 18th (17-2 3/4 (5.25m))

At the Big Ten Championships
2014 - Indoor
Heptathlon: 1st (5,837)
Long Jump: 3rd (23-11 3/4 (7.31m))
Pole Vault: 10th (16-5 1/4 (5.01m))

2014 - Outdoor
Long Jump: 7th (23-9 3/4 (7.25m))
Pole Vault: 7th (16-8 3/4 (5.10m))

2013 - Indoor
Heptathlon: 1st (6,090)
Long Jump: 2nd (25-9 1/4 (7.85m))

2012 - Indoor
60 Hurdles: 4th (7.99)
Long Jump: 3rd (25-0 3/4 (7.65m))
Heptathlon: 1st (5,902)

2012 - Outdoor
110 Hurdles: 10th-P (14.33)
4x100 Relay: 6th-P (40.36)
Pole Vault: 2nd (17-3 (5.26m))
Long Jump: 4th (25-1 3/4 (7.66m))

2011 - Indoor
Long Jump: 4th (24-5 3/4 (7.46m))
Heptathlon: 1st (5,742)

2011 - Outdoor
4x100 Relay: 3rd (40.81)
4x100 Relay: 7th-P (41.27)
Pole Vault: -- (NH)
Long Jump: 6th (23-4 (7.11m))

Other Notable Performances - Track
2012 Frank Sevigne Invitational
Heptathlon: 1st (5,939) - Big Ten record

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