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Cato puts on a show in pole vault at Tyson Invitational


Feb. 15, 2014

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Fayetteville, Ark. -- For Japheth Cato, the third time is the charm.

Competing in the pole vault for the third time this season, Cato literally and figuratively vaulted to new heights.

The senior cleared 18 feet, 2 1/2 inches to set a new school and personal record. Cato, who finished second in the event behind defending NCAA champion and Arkansas junior Andrew Irvin’s height of 18-4 1/2, demolished his previous-best performance, indoors or out, by almost eight inches.

The mark broke Ziemek’s school record of 17-8 1/2 set at last year’s NCAA indoor championships and currently ranks fourth among all collegiate athletes in the country this season.

Ziemek also took part in the event, finishing seventh with a clearance of 16-11.

A pair of throwers competed in the shot put, where senior Danny Block and sophomore Andrew Brekke placed third and 14th, respectively. Block distanced 60-7 3/4, while Brekke’s best throw was 52-5 1/2.

In the 200 meters, the lone individual running event that featured Badger athletes, freshman Zach Reitzug and sophomore James Stecker took to the track. Reitzug crossed the finish line 52nd in 22.45 seconds, while Stecker placed 57th a fraction of a second later in 22.61.

Collin Taylor competed in the high jump and had his second-best performance of the season. Taylor cleared 6-11, good for sixth place.

Wisconsin concluded the weekend with the 4x400 relay, where both an ‘A’ and ‘B’ squad completed the 1600-meter race. The ‘A’ group finished ninth in 3:10.56, while the ‘B’ team crossed the line 16th in 3:18.62.

Wisconsin will once again split up next weekend, Feb. 21-23, as the Badgers will send athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., to the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. and to their own Red & White Open at The Shell in Madison.

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