June 1, 2013
Redshirt junior Julian Wruck threw the all-time collegiate record Saturday in the men's discus throw at the Claremont Hammer and Discus Elite Invitational, throwing a massive mark 68.16m/223-7 in yet another outstanding performance in the 2013 outdoor season. Wruck, UCLA's all-time leader in the event coming into the weekend, bested the mark set by SMU's Hannes Hopley (67.66m/222-0) back in 2004. Currently, his mark is the third best mark in the world in 2013.
Wruck also had a throw of 69.23m/227-1 Saturday, almost topping his own mark from earlier in the day, but it was ruled a foot foul and did not stand.
The Queensland, Australia native has exploded on the field since coming to Westwood last year. Wruck, the 2011 men's discus champion, was forced to redshirt in 2012 after transferring to UCLA from Texas Tech but he competed as an unattached athlete. However, his junior campaign for the Bruins has been nothing short of spectacular. He went undefeated in the regular outdoor season, claiming six regular season event wins in record-setting fashion. He became UCLA's all-time leader in the men's discus throw on Mar. 23, tossing 65.04m/213-5 to pass the mark of Bruin great John Godina. Wruck put an exclamation point on his fantastic season with a Pac-12 Championship in the discus throw, setting the conference meet record en route to his first Pac-12 title (65.41m/214-7).
Last weekend, Wruck continued his dominance over the field, earning the top seed in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships (63.95m/209-9; NCAA West Prelims record). Now, he looks ahead to the upcoming week, where will head to Eugene, OR to compete for his second NCAA title.