March 30, 2013
• Yellow Jacket Invitational Results
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 7-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team wrapped up competition Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational behind many personal-best performances and strong finishes.
Junior Japheth Cato was a busy man as he continues to prepare for decathlons later this spring. Cato won the 110 hurdles in 14.11 seconds, falling just shy of his personal-record time of 14.04.
In the discus, Cato placed seventh with a mark of 129 feet, 11 inches, setting a new personal best by over seven feet. The junior was a quarter-inch away from another outdoor personal best in the pole vault by clearing a height of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches.
Cato also took 12th in the javelin and helped the Badgers’ 4x100 relay team earn a runner-up finish in 41.02 behind strong legs from Matt Kerswill, Babatunde Awosika and Garret Payne.
Cato’s victory in the 110 hurdles was not the only win of the day for the Badgers, as redshirt freshman Andrew Brekke captured a victory in the shot put with a heave of 55-1 1/2. Brekke crushed his previous-best throw of 49-9 3/4.
Junior Danny Block also won an event, securing first place in the discus with a throw of 174-7. Badgers athletes took seven of the top eight places in the event, boasting the top five finishes.
Sophomores Alex Thompson and Scott Erickson finished second and third in the event with efforts of 165-7 and 159-9, respectively. Brekke placed fourth with a throw of 159-3.
Zach Ziemek set personal bests of his own in the 110 hurdles and discus. The sophomore finished ninth in the hurdles in 15.44 seconds to best his previous mark of 15.48. He also placed fifth in the discus with a heave of 145-10 to demolish his former record of 131 feet, 1 inch.
Ziemek cleared 16-2 3/4 in the pole vault for third place and earned a sixth-place finish with a heave of 174-4 in the javelin.
A pair of redshirt freshmen had career performances in the javelin. Ben Schreib, competing in the event for his first time, had the best throw of the day for the Badgers with an effort of 176-7 that was good for a fifth-place finish. Charlie Foss threw the javelin almost six feet farther than his previous best, placing eighth at 162-7.
A quartet of Badgers competed in the 400 meters, and junior Drew Simmons led the way for Wisconsin, setting a new personal record on his way to a fifth-place finish in 47.28. Sophomore Garret Payne was right behind in sixth in 47.41.
Juniors Babatunde Awosika and Tyler Woloszyk crossed the finish line less than a second later, finishing 11th in 48.08 and 13th in 48.23, respectively.
Awosika, Payne, Simmons and Tyler Woloszyk wrapped up the meet by securing a third-place finish in the 4x400 relay, crossing the finish line in 3 minutes, 10.87 seconds.
Late Friday night, a trio of Badgers competed in a section of the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Junior Reed Connor finished seventh in 29 minutes, 33.88 seconds, while sophomore Jacob Erschen finished 25th in 30:03.45. Junior Michael Brice set a personal record by almost 15 seconds, crossing the finish line in 30th in 30:15.58.
Wisconsin will have a couple weeks off before hitting the road again when the team heads to California to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, April 17-18.