June 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Wisconsin junior Zach Ziemek finished fourth in the decathlon with a score of 7,609 points at the USA Outdoor Championships on Friday at Hornet Stadium.
Ziemek started the day with a time of 15.27 seconds in the 110 hurdles. He followed with a discus throw of 140 feet, 4 inches, a clearance of 15-5 in the pole vault and a heave of 179-5 in the javelin.
The Itasca, Illinois, native, ended the day with a personal best in the 1500 meters of 4:56.92, marking the third-straight meet he’s set a personal best in the event.
Trey Hardee, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, won the title with a score of 8,599 points. Ziemek also had the best finish of a collegian in the 10-discipline event.
After one day of competition, fellow UW junior Deanna Latham sits in 14th place in the women's heptathlon with a four-event total of 3,308 points. Sharon Day-Monroe leads the event with 3,925 points.
Latham started her day with a time of 13.42 in the 100 hurdles to finish third. In the high jump, she cleared 5-3 and in the shot put she had a best throw of 36-4 3/4. The Newbury, Massachusetts, native capped off her day with a time of 24.69 in the 200 meters.
The long jump opens the second day of the heptathlon, which is set to start at 12:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.