Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jeremy Taiwo finishes fourth at Götzis Hypo Meeting decathlon...

GÖTZIS, Austria—University of Washington alum Jeremy Taiwo (above/photo by Dietmar Stiplovsek, AFP, courtesy Getty Images) finished fourth at the Götzis Hypo Meeting decathlon Sunday with a final ten-event score of 8203 points.

Taiwo, who was third at the break with 4373 points, did not get off to the start that he would have liked, running 14.69 in the 110 hurdles, worth 887 points.

In the discus, the Newport HS graduate and current Renton resident threw 138-3 (42.14m) to add 708 points.

The pole vault proved the most challenging for the competitors, as it was contested in rainy conditions.

After clearing his opening height of 14-9 (4.50m) on his second attempt, Taiwo needed all three tries to get over 15-1 (4.60m).  He eventually cleared a best of 16-0.75 (4.90m) to score 880 points.

In the javelin, he threw 171-3 (52.20m) to earn 621 points.

The 1500 meters saw Taiwo run 4:31.62 to pick up 734 points for a final score of 8203, which is currently the top score in the country, and the seventh best mark in the world this season.

Canada’s Damian Warner won his second Götzis Hypo Meeting decathlon title with a world leading score of 8523 points.

In Bradenton, Florida on Saturday, Central Washington’s Tayler Fettig finished in a tie for second in the women’s high jump, clearing a best of 5-8 (1.73m) at the final day of the NCAA Division II track & field championships at the IMG Academy Field.

Emilee Iverson of Pittsburg State took the high jump title with a best of 5-9 (1.76m).

In the women’s javelin, Western Washington’s Bethany Drake and Katie Reichert finished 2-3, with Drake throwing a personal best, school and GNAC conference record of 177-9 (54.18m) on her second attempt.

Reichert threw a best of 177-3 (54.03m) in the final round.  Allison Updike of Azusa Pacific won the national title with a toss of 183-10 (56.03m).

Seattle Pacific’s Lynelle Decker finished sixth in the women’s 1500 with a time of 4:25.02, then followed it up with a fifth place finish in the 800, running 2:09.08.

In a result from Thursday we overlooked, Western State (Colorado) junior Georgia Porter, who attended Hockinson HS in southwest Washington, finished eighth in the women’s 10000, running 35:52.42.

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