EUGENE, Ore. — First-day leader Jeremy Taiwo of Washington turned in the eighth-best performance in NCAA history, but had to settle for second place in the decathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Thursday.

Taiwo, a senior from Newport High School of Bellevue, totaled 8,239 points, a personal best and the top score by an American this year. But native German Johannes Hock of Texas won with 8,267.

“I went out and did everything I could,” Taiwo said.

His score is No. 2 in UW history, behind only the 8,322 of Mike Ramos, the NCAA champion in 1986.

UW’s James Alaka (men’s 200 meters), Chris Williams (men’s 110 hurdles) and Liberty Miller (women’s steeplechase) failed to advance to the finals.


Brandon Agnew of Snohomish shot a 4-under 68 at Wine Valley GC in Walla Walla for medalist honors in a qualifier for the Washington Men’s Amateur. A total of 31 golfers qualified for the 120-player state amateur June 18-20 at Chambers Bay.

From sports-information reports and other sources.