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.

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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.