June 26, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --Junior Zach Ziemek sits in fourth place after the first day of the decathlon at the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium.
Ziemek started Thursday in second place after running a season-best time of 10.74 seconds in the 100 meters. He stayed there after winning the second event, the long jump, with a mark of 24 feet, 7 3/4 inches, to close within 12 points of leader 2012 Olympic silver medalist Trey Hardee.
“Double Z” slipped to fourth after a heave of 39-7 3/4 in the shot put and a clearance of 6-5 in the high jump. He ended the day on a positive note with a personal-best in the 400 meters of 50.13 to finish with a five-event total of 4,016 points.
Hardee leads with a first-day score of 4,441, followed by Kansas State's Devin Rock (4,073) and unattached athlete Wesley Bray (4,039).
Michael Lihrman capped off his junior campaign at Wisconsin with a ninth-place showing in the hammer throw thanks to a heave of 224-6. It marked an improvement for the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, native, who finished 12th at the U.S. meet a year ago.
Reed Connor concluded his Wisconsin career with a 26th-place finish in the 1500 meters in 3:52.43. Wisconsin alums Jack Bolas (3:46.33), Craig Miller (3:46.75) and Rob Finnerty (3:46.76) finished 19th, 20th, and 21st, respectively in the event.
Ziemek returns to action on Friday at 1:45 p.m. (CT) with the decathlon 110 hurdles, while fellow multi-event athlete Deanna Latham will open up in the heptathlon at 2:15 p.m. with the 100 hurdles.