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Trio of Badgers in contention halfway through decathlon

<b>Sophomore Zach Ziemek sits in fifth place in the decathlon with 3,826 points after the first day of competition.</b>

Sophomore Zach Ziemek sits in fifth place in the decathlon with 3,826 points after the first day of competition.

April 17, 2013

Day One Results

MADISON, Wis. -- Even though he recorded personal-best marks in three events Wednesday, Wisconsin sophomore Zach Ziemek hopes the best is yet to come.
Ziemek led the way as the No. 9-ranked Badgers opened multi-event competition at the Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational Combined Events in Azusa, Calif., on Wednesday. He and redshirt freshmen Charlie Foss and Ben Schreib each completed the first five events of the decathlon.
Competing in the elite Mt. SAC Relays section of the decathlon, Ziemek sits in fifth place after the first day of competition, totaling 3,826 points. The sophomore, who is just seven points shy of his second-place first-day total from last year’s meet, trails Washington senior Jeremy Taiwo’s field-leading total of 4,151 points.
Ziemek couldn’t have started the day any better, winning the 100 meters in 10.77 seconds, the best mark by a decathlete in the event in UW history.
The sophomore also recorded personal bests in the shot put and 400 meters. Ziemek’s personal-record heave of 40 feet, 6 1/2 inches earned him a sixth-place finish in the shot put, while his career-best time of 51.52 seconds in the 400 placed him seventh.
Ziemek also finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 21-8 and fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-4 3/4. Competition resumes Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) with the 110 hurdles.
In the California Invitational section, Foss started strong and stands second after the first day of competition with 3,692 points, while Schreib charged late in the day to hold down fifth in the standings with a five-event total of 3,533.
Foss trails only Notre Dame senior Ted Glasnow’s total of 3,838 points.
Foss had a couple of personal-best performances of his own. Like Ziemek, he began the day with a victory in the 100 meters, finishing in 11.06 seconds. In the long jump, he leapt a distance of 22-5, almost a foot further than his previous best. The redshirt freshman finished eighth in the 400 meters in 52.05, besting his previous career-best mark of 52.14.
Along with the 100 meters, Foss competed in the outdoor shot put and the high jump for the first time in his young career. He finished sixth in the shot put with a heave of 41-4 1/2 and placed in a tie for fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-2 1/4.
Schreib competed in four of the five outdoor events for the first time in his career. With a throw of 43-1, he finished third in the shot put. He earned a tie for second place in the high jump with a clearance at 6-6.
In the 100 meters, Schreib crossed the finish line in 11.60 seconds. He also leapt 20-10 in the long jump and completed a lap around the track in 53.10 in the 400.
Competition resumes for Foss and Schreib Thursday at 1 p.m. (CT) with the 110 hurdles.

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