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Four Bruins Conclude Competition at World Championships in Moscow
By: UCLA Athletics
Through three final track & field events during the first four days of competition at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, UCLA volunteer assistant coach Sharon Day placed sixth in the heptathlon; Bruin senior-to-be Julian Wruck finished 11th in the men’s discus, and UCLA senior-to-be Marcus Nilsson placed 24th in the decathlon.

Day’s final two-day (Aug. 12-13) point total in the heptathlon was 6,407 points, making her the highest performing U.S. athlete. It’s her best finish in three trips to the World Championships. On Aug. 12, her highlight event was the shot put (47-1, 817 points, third-place overall) and she ran a personal-best 13.51 in the 100m hurdles (1,049 points). At the end of the first day of competition, Day was in third-place with 3,836 points.

On the second day (Aug. 13) of the heptathlon, her top event was the 800m, with a personal-best mark of 2:08.94 (980 points). Ukraine’s Ganna Melnichenko (6,856 points) won gold, followed by Canada’s Brianne Theisen Eaton (6,530 points) and the Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers (6,477 points).

Entering her second year as a volunteer heptathlon coach on the Bruin staff, Day won the heptathlon crown at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last June with a then-world-leading mark of 6,550 points. That mark was a personal-best and ranked fifth all-time in the U.S. She also was the highest placing heptathlete from the USA at the 2012 Olympics, finishing in 16th place (6,232 points).

In 2005, Day was the NCAA Outdoor women's high jump champion at Cal Poly, where she was coached by Jack Hoyt, who is entering his second season as the Bruins' Associate Head Coach. Representing Australia, Wruck’s three discus throws in the first round of the finals (Aug. 13) did not advance him to the last round of the final. His best throw of the finals was 202-9. His best throw of the qualifying round throw of 205-0 came on his third and final attempt. Germany’s Robert Harting (226-9) won the gold medal, followed by Poland’s Piotr Malachowski (224-3) and Estonia’s Gerd Kanter (213-10).

Wruck’s appearance at the IAAF World Championships capped an amazing 2013 campaign. During the collegiate season, he set the UCLA and NCAA record (223-7), won his second NCAA Outdoor title (213-0) and was the Pac-12 champion (214-7, meet record). He was undefeated in eight collegiate events and recorded each of the top 27 collegiate throws in 2013. Wruck was UCLA’s first-ever finalist for the Bowerman Award, which is awarded annually to the top collegiate athlete in NCAA track & field.

Representing Sweden, Nilsson’s two-day (Aug. 10-11) decathlon point total was 7,540 points. His day one highlight was the shot put, placing fifth overall (48-7.25, 778 points) and his first-day, five-event total was 3,748 points (26th place). On day two, Nilsson’s best event was the 1500m, running a personal-best 4:20.11 (811 points), placing second. The USA’s Ashton Eaton won the gold medal with a mark of 8,809 points, the best total in the world in 2013. Winning the Silver Medal was Germany’s Michael Schrader (8,670 points), followed by Canada’s Damian Warner (8,512 points).

Nilsson at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor earned first-team All-America honors for the second time in his career, placing third in the decathlon with a personal-best 8,104 points (No. 3 UCLA all-time). In 2012, Nilsson placed second in the Pac-12 meet, and at the NCAA Outdoor, again earned first-team All-America by finishing fifth (at the time, with a personal-best 7,823 points which was No. 5 UCLA all-time).

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Brandon Johnson did not make the Aug. 13 final in the men’s 800m. He ran an automatic semifinal qualifying time of 1:46.32 in the second heat on Aug. 10 and in the semis on Aug. 11, his time of 1:44.89 was third in his heat and it was the seventh overall best mark of the competition. But he did not qualify for one of the eight positions in the final because the first two in each semifinal heat automatically qualified, along with the next two fastest times. Johnson’s semifinal mark of 1:44.89 was the top non-qualifying mark and was actually faster than two of the finalists’ qualifying times. Johnson was one of the UCLA’s top 400m hurdlers. His best time of 48.59 (2005) ranks No. 3 all-time on the UCLA charts.

Dawn Harper, one of the most successful women’s 100m hurdlers in the world in recent years, will begin her pursuit of a gold medal in the event’s qualification heats on Aug. 16. The semifinals and final will be held on Aug. 17. Harper won gold at the 2008 Olympics and silver in 2012. As a Bruin, she was a three-time NCAA Outdoor All-American (2004-06) in the 100m hurdles and a three-time NCAA Indoor All-American (2004-06) in the 60m hurdles. In UCLA 100m hurdles history, her mark of 12.80 (2006) is No. 3 all-time.

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