Feb. 16, 2013
Redshirt junior discus thrower Julian Wruck had a record-setting day Saturday at the Claremont Winter Throws Invitational. Wruck, the 2011 NCAA discus champion, made a big splash in his Bruins debut this weekend by posting a throw of 212-11 (64.91m), which ranks him second all-time in UCLA history for the discus throw event.
Director of Track & Field Mike Maynard labeled today's result "exceptional." While his performance was not a personal record (217-4), it was a great way to start his career as a Bruin. He did attend UCLA last academic year, but redshirted for the 2011-2012 track and field season. Prior coming to UCLA, Wruck competed during the previous two seasons at Texas Tech.
"What [former men's track and field coach] Art Venegas, and the throwers under his guidance, were able to achieve at UCLA was historic," said Maynard in homage to his predecessor. "The dominance of Bruin Throws was indisputable. While it is clear that we cannot fill their shoes, we will nevertheless seek to stand on their shoulders and honor the Bruin Throws Legacy."
Venegas served as the UCLA head men's track and field coach for the ten years prior to the arrival of Maynard, which was part of a 28-year career in Westwood. He is widely known as one of the all-time great collegiate throwing coaches, and one need look no further than the 33 NCAA individual throwing titles won during his time at the helm for the Bruins.
In fact, the all-time Bruins discus throw record was set in 1995 by former Olympian John Godina while Venegas was on staff. Godina is considered one of the best male throwers in U.S. history.
Clearly, though, Maynard seems excited about a bright future for his programs.
"We have a great group of throwers ready to carry on the tradition. Go Bruins!"
Bruins track and field action continues tomorrow in Fresno, CA at the Run for the Dream Invitational.