Rare air: Cato joins exclusive list with big heptathlon mark


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<b>Japheth Cato became just the third collegian to top 6,000 points in the heptathlon multiple times.</b>

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Japheth Cato became just the third collegian to top 6,000 points in the heptathlon multiple times.
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Feb. 2, 2013

Frank Sevigne Results Meyo Invitational Results

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Talk about elite company.

Wisconsin’s Japheth Cato joined an exclusive fraternity Saturday while successfully defending his heptathlon title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

With a winning score of 6,024 points, Cato became just the third collegian to top the 6,000-point threshold multiple times. He joins collegiate record holder -- and 2012 Olympic decathlon champion – Ashton Eaton and former Texas national champion Donovan Kilmartin in that select group.

Cato fell just shy of his own Big Ten record score of 6,082 points but, in scoring at least 5,900 points for the fourth time in his career, now owns the top four marks in conference history.

The big mark ranks Cato No. 3 in the world this year and has him trailing only Arkansas’ Kevin Lazas on the NCAA list.

His teammate, sophomore Zach Ziemek, racked up a personal-best score of 5,598 points to finish second behind Cato. His mark ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally this season.

A day after running the fastest heptathlon 60 meters in UW history, Cato also broke his own school record in the heptathlon 60 hurdles.

Cato led the way for the field by clocking in at 7.94 seconds, a season-best effort that also ranks seventh-best in the Big Ten this season. He previous held UW’s best-ever run in the heptathlon hurdles at 8.01.

From there, Cato went on to post a field-leading clearance in the pole vault with an indoor personal-best effort of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches -- just shy of his lifetime-best clearance of 17-3.

Cato closed things out with a run of 2:49.80 in the 1000 meters, finishing just off his personal best in that event, as well.
    
In addition to Cato’s effort, head coach Ed Nuttycombe saw his three other heptathletes -- Ziemek and redshirt freshmen Charlie Foss and Ben Schreib -- score personal-best tallies.

Ziemek posted lifetime-best marks in two of the three disciplines contested on the second day of the heptathlon, clearing 16-10 3/4 in the pole vault and clocking in at 2:52.47 for the 1000 meters.

Schreib and Foss, in their first collegiate heptathlons, scored top-10 finishes. Schreib tallied 4,847 points for eighth, with Foss scoring 4,745 for ninth.

Mudd breaks 4-minute barrier
Sophomore Austin Mudd also vaulted himself up the Badgers’ all-time list by racing to a win in the prestigious Meyo Mile at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Mudd became the second athlete in UW history to break the 4-minute barrier by turning in a winning time of 3:59.33. Junior Alex Hatz, the Badgers’ school record-holder at 3:58.68, finished seventh on Saturday in 4:03.10.

In the Ryan Shay 3000 Meters, junior Brian Leung led the way for a Badgers trio with an 11th-place finish in 8:13.65. Senior Rob Finnerty was 13th in 8:15.74, with junior Michael Brice 14th in 8:16.61.

Junior Tyler Woloszyk ran an indoor personal-best 47.78 to finish sixth in the 400 meters, with sophomore Garret Payne finishing 11th in 48.07.

In the 4x400 relay, Wisconsin placed fourth with a season-best time of 3:11.79. Sophomore Garret Payne, junior Tyler Woloszyk, junior Babatunde Awosika and Brian Grant competed for the Badgers. The performance is the seventh-best time recorded by a Big Ten team this season and ranks 26th nationally.

In the field events, senior Paul Annear cleared 6-9 1/2 to finish fourth in the high jump.

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