April 27, 2013
Brutus Hamilton Invitational Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Why do something once when you can do it twice?
On the second and final day of competition at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Wisconsin junior Japheth Cato posted a pair of personal-best performances that have him atop the Big Ten in two events.
Cato leapt 25 feet, 8 3/4 inches to win the long jump, besting his previous record by seven inches. The mark ranks third in school history behind Reggie Torian's jump of 26-2 in 1994 and Len Herring's leap of 25-9 1/2 in 2000. Saturday's performance is the second best in the Big Ten Conference and ranks ninth nationally.
In the pole vault, the Crete, Ill., native vaulted to new heights, clearing a personal-best 17 feet, 5 3/4 inches. The mark, tied for second in Wisconsin history with Todd Verbick's 1988 performance, leads the Big Ten and ranks 23rd in the country.
Redshirt freshman Ben Schreib had a career-best performance of his own, unleashing a massive throw of 206 feet, 5 inches to win the javelin. The mark beat his previous best by almost 30 feet and ranks sixth in the Big Ten.
In the 400 meters, Badgers athletes swept the top three places. Sophomore Garret Payne led the way for Wisconsin, winning the event in 46.87 seconds. Juniors Drew Simmons and Babatunde Awosika each used personal-record times to finish second and third in 47.17 and 47.81 seconds, respectively.
In addition, senior Grant Bughman placed second in the 400 hurdles in 53.07 and sophomore Matt Widule finished runner-up in the 110 hurdles in 14.83.
In the middle distance events, senior Zach Mellon earned a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters in 1:50.51 and senior Danny Buechel finished sixth in the mile in 4:09.32.
In addition to his work in the field, Cato helped Awosika, Matt Kerswill and Payne finish third in the 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 40.49 seconds.
Wisconsin concluded the day with the 4x400 relay. Simmons and L Bughman joined Payne and Awosika to win the event in 3:11.53.
The Badgers hope to keep the career performances coming, as a quartet of experienced distance runners will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday. The meet is annually regarded as the premier distance event of the spring.
Rob Finnerty, Alex Hatz and Austin Mudd will run the 1500 meters at 6:41 p.m., while Maverick Darling will conclude the weekend with the 5000 meters at 10:50 p.m.