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Julian Wruck One of Three Finalists for Bowerman Award
By: UCLA Athletics
Two-time NCAA discus champion Julian Wruck has been announced as one of three finalists for The Bowerman, awarded annually to the top male and female collegiate athlete in NCAA track and field.

Wruck, who will be competing for Australia at the World Championships in Moscow, Aug. 10-18, dominated in the discus this season, re-writing the record books and finishing the 2013 season undefeated in eight collegiate events. He also recorded each of the Top 27 collegiate throws in 2013.

On June 1, Wruck unleashed the best throw ever by a collegian, throwing 68.16m/223-7 at the Claremont Throws meet. That throw would have bested the collegiate record by nearly two feet. In the postseason, he swept through the competition, winning the Pac-12 Championship with a conference meet record throw of 65.41m/214-7, qualifying with the top mark at the NCAA Preliminaries and then winning the NCAA Championship with a throw of 64.94/213-0.

"We are very proud of Julian and what he has been able to accomplish this year," said UCLA Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mike Maynard. "This season he set a new Pac-12 record and a collegiate record en route to winning his second NCAA Discus Championship. His drive for excellence and competitive spirit are an example of what we continually strive to instill in each of our student-athletes."

The other two finalists for the Bowerman are Arizona's Lawi Lalang and Indiana's Derek Drouin. The Pac-12's two men’s finalists are the most by a league in a single year since the Pac-12 had three finalists in 2010. The Pac-12 has had eight finalists since 2009, the most of any conference in the nation. Wruck is the first Bruin athlete, male or female, ever to be selected as a finalist for the Bowerman.

The Bowerman award announcement and presentation will take place at the USTFCCAA's annual convention in Orlando Dec. 18.

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