NEW ORLEANS – UCLA senior thrower Julian Wruck was named to the men’s 2014 Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, USTFCCCA announced Wednesday.
Wruck was one of three male finalists for the award last season that made the trek to Orlando, Fla., for The Bowerman Trophy presentation.
A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus.
Wruck finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013. He officially owns four of the top 10 throws in collegiate history and is No. 4 all-time at 217-7 (66.32m), and produced an all-time collegiate best 223-7 (68.16m) mark at an exhibition throws meet among four other throws that would have ranked in the all-time collegiate top-10.
Wruck and the rest of the Bruins track team will begin the indoor season at the Northern Arizona Invitational on Friday, January 24 in Flagstaff. The outdoor season is set to begin with a dual meet against Washington State on March 22 at the newly renovated Drake Stadium.