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2013: A remarkable comeback season after hip and elbow surgeries kept him out of action for all of 2012 … his 2013 included an NCAA runner-up finish, a World Championships bid on Team USA, and a briefly-held World Record … was the University of Washington’s male recipient of the Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal, awarded to one male and female senior at each Pac-12 school based on the greatest combination of athletics, academics, and leadership … he became the No. 8 decathlon performer in NCAA history, yet still just No. 2 in UW history, with a huge PR of 8,239 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene … that score was also the seventh-best decathlon score ever at NCAAs, but one of the top-six happened to be from Texas’ Johannes Hock, who edged Taiwo by 28 points for the win … that score surpassed the IAAF ‘A’ standard for the World Track & Field Championships, and Taiwo would secure a spot on Team USA for his first Worlds by finishing third at the U.S. Outdoor Championships with 7,925 points … he went on to compete at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, but had to withdraw after three events due to a knee issue … he held the lead in the NCAA decathlon after day one with a big first day PR of 4,389 points as he set PRs in the 100-meters (10.84), shot put (44-1 ½), and 400-meters (48.11) and he also got the win in the high jump at 7-1 ½ … on day two, he won the 110m hurdles in a wind-aided career-best of 14.16 seconds, and also set a lifetime-best in the pole vault at 16-4 ¾ … heading into the 10th event, he needed to finish approximately 27 seconds ahead of Hock in the 1,500-meter run to overtake him, but despite taking third overall in a PR of 4:16.34, Hock hung on 21 seconds behind in the dramatic conclusion … earned All-America First Team honors for his NCAA efforts … at the Pac-12 Multi-Events, Taiwo had another tough-luck runner-up finish as he was second with 7,998 points, a miniscule three points out of first in the closest finish in Pac-12 history … it was also the best runner-up score in Pac-12 decathlon history … returning to the Pac-12 Championships the week after the multis, he took fifth in the open high jump at 7-1 ½, and ninth in the long jump … won the UW-WSU Dual meet high jump at 7-1 and was second in the long jump at 24-0 ¼ … set long jump PR in the Mt. SAC Relays at 24-7 ¾ … the indoor season was highlighted by a World Record for the heptathlon high jump that he broke at the Boise State Team Challenge with a clearance of 7-4 ½ en route to a school record heptathlon score of 6,156 points … the record would be broken not long after, but his overall heptathlon score made him the No. 7 performer in U.S. history and No. 3 in NCAA history … he set PRs in five of the seven events in the Boise State heptathlon, running 7.02 for 60-meters, long jumping 24-4 ¼, shot putting 46-6 ¼, and going 8.08 in the 60m hurdles in addition to the huge high jump … that performance earned him the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors, the first ever current Husky to win the award … he also earned USTFCCCA Division-I Athlete of the Week honors and was named to the Bowerman Award Watch List … a hamstring injury suffered at the MPSF Championships forced him to forego the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and compete only in the open high jump, which he also qualified for, and he went on to jump 7-0 ½ at nationals to finish 15th overall and earn All-America Second Team honors … all told he posted new UW top-10 marks in seven different events during the year, with the school record in the heptathlon, and the No. 2 decathlon mark and No. 2 indoor high jump in school history … the UW athletic department’s Top Dawg winner for the senior male student-athlete that exhibits the highest caliber of athleticism, academics, service, and moral character … honored as a Capital One Academic All-America First Team member, following a selection to the Academic All-District Team … a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection … named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
2012: Did not competed during the 2012 season while rehabbing an injury.
2011: Captured the Pac-10 Championship in the decathlon with a new PR of 7,742 points, the fourth-best score in school history, becoming the first Husky Pac-10 decathlon champ since Mike Ramos in 1986 ... won the Pac-10 title despite a torn elbow tendon that forced him to throw the javelin with his non-dominant left hand ... carried the same injury into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but still placed 15th overall with 7,517 points to earn All-America Second Team honors ... at NCAAs, won the high jump competition with a clearance of 6-9 ¾ and had a discus PR, taking sixth at 137-2 ... in the Pac-10 decathlon, he set PRs at 100-meters (10.98), long jump (23-11 ½), high jump (6-11), and 400-meters (48.49), and placed in the top three in eight of the events, winning the high jump and 400m ... named Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week after his decathlon victory ... returned to the Pac-10s the week after the decathlon and took eighth in the long jump at 23-11 ½, ninth in the 100m hurdles in 14.49 seconds, and 11th in the high jump at 6-9 ... took third in the UW-WSU dual in the 110m hurdles, pole vault (a PR of 15-11 ¼), and long jump ... also completed the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing sixth with 7,335 points ... qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in the 110m hurdles, but was disqualified in his first round heat ... indoors earned All-America First Team honors and scored at nationals for the first time with an eighth-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... at nationals, raised his school record to 5,780 points; highlights included personal bests at 60-meters (7.06), long jump (23-10 ¾), and the 60m hurdles (8.14) ... that long jump mark ranks fifth in school history indoors and the hurdles time ranks ninth ... also won the heptathlon at the UW Invitational with a then-school record of 5,746 points ... set a new PR in the high jump at the Husky Classic, taking second with a clearance of 6-11 ½ which is tied for seventh on the indoor top-10 ... scored at the MPSF Championships in the high jump, clearing 6-10 ¼ for fifth-place ... a Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection ... named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team ... named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
2010: Continued sharpening his skills to become one of the top multi-event athletes in the country ... qualified for the NCAA Championships in the decathlon, and was in sixth-place after day one, but suffered a concussion after falling over a hurdle in the first event of the second day and was unable to finish the meet ... was on pace for a fourth-place finish if he matched his day two score from his previous decathlon ... took second at the Pac-10 Championship Multi-Events behind only three-time NCAA champ Ashton Eaton, setting a big new personal-best score of 7,521 points that ranks fourth in Washington history ... at the Pac-10 Multis, won the high jump at 6-8 and the final 1,500-meter run by 10 seconds in 4:17.57, and was second in three more events ... came back to Berkeley to run the open 110m hurdles at Pac-10s, and placed fifth overall after running a big PR of 14.22 in the prelims that ranks eighth in school history ... set personal-bests in nearly every event in the decathlon, including career-bests in the 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds) and 400-meter dash (48.98) at NCAAs on day one ... took sixth at the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon with 7,289 points, his first multi-event in nearly a year, which included a PR in the pole vault (15-1) and shot put (41-6 ½) ... second in the long jump at the UW-WSU dual, leaping 23-0, a season-best ... redshirted the indoor season, competing at four indoor meets unattached ... indoor highlights included a 15-1 pole vault at the UW Indoor Open and a 50.11 400-meter dash at the UW Indoor Preview ... was selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team distinction.
2009: Outstanding first year included an All-America honor for the indoor heptathlon and a school-record in the event ... placed 12th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the eighth-best American, scoring 5,389 points with season-bests in the 60m dash (7.17), long jump (23-10 ¼), and 60m hurdles (8.31) ... won the MPSF heptathlon title with a school record 5,559 points, helped by a career-best pole vault of 14-3 ¼ ... placed third at the Pac-10 Championships in his first ever completed decathlon, scoring 7,299 points, the sixth-best score in school history ... best event finishes at Pac-10's were second in long jump, high jump, and 110m hurdles ... qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in decathlon but could not compete due to an ankle injury ... also competed in open long jump (23-2) and triple jump (48-9) at Pac-10's, placing ninth in both ... won the long jump at the UW-WSU dual meet, jumping 22-6 ¼ and placed second in the triple jump with a Regional qualifier of 49-4 ¼ ... led the team in the high jump and long jump indoors, and the 110m hurdles, high jump, long jump, and triple jump outdoors ... named to the USTFCCCA Division-I All-Academic Team.
High School and Personal: Born in Ballard, Wash. ... parents are Irene Botero and Joseph Taiwo ... has one younger brother, Patrick ... father Joseph was a two-time Olympian competing for Nigeria at the 1984 and 1988 games, placing 9th both times in the triple jump ... mother Irene attended UW law school ... one of the best jumpers in recent state history ... won the 3A state triple jump and high jump titles as a sophomore, and set the sophomore state triple jump record with a mark of 48-3 ½ ... placed second in the triple and high jumps at the 2008 state meet after coming back from a foot injury that cause him to miss his junior year ... made it to state as a freshman as well in the high jump, finishing 8th ... overall athleticism evidenced by winning the boys decathlon at the 2008 Washington State Multi-Event Championships ... named a Seattle Times Prep Athlete of the Year ... also was part of the KingCo Champion 4x400m relay team in 2006 ... lettered in basketball, earning KingCo conference honorable mention ... graduated with a 3.8 GPA.
2009 MPSF - 1st, Heptathlon (MPSF Champion)
2009 NCAA Indoors - 12th, Heptathlon (All-America)
2009 Pac-10 - 3rd, Decathlon | 9th, Long Jump | 9th, Triple Jump
2010 Pac-10 - 2nd, Decathlon | 5th, 110m Hurdles
2010 NCAA Outdoors - DNF, Decathlon
2011 MPSF - 5th (tie), High Jump | 13th, Pole Vault
2011 NCAA Indoors - 8th, Heptathlon (All-America First Team)
2011 Pac-10 - 1st, Decathlon | 8th, Long Jump | 9th, 100m Hurdles | 11th (tie), High Jump (Pac-10 Decathlon Champion)
2011 NCAA Prelims - DQ, 110m Hurdles
2011 NCAA Outdoors - 15th, Decathlon (All-America Second Team)
2013 MPSF - DNF, Heptathlon
2013 Pac-12 - 2nd, Decathlon | 5th, High Jump | 9th, Long Jump
2013 NCAA Outdoors - 2nd, Decathlon (All-America First Team)
2013 USA Outdoor Champs - 3rd, Decathlon
2013 IAAF World Championships - DNF, Decathlon
110m Hurdles.......14.22 / 14.16w
High Jump.......7-1 1/2
Pole Vault.......16-4 3/4
Long Jump.......24-8 1/2
Triple Jump.......49-4 1/4
Shot Put.......44-11 1/2
High Jump.......7-4 1/2 %
Long Jump.......24-4 1/4
Shot Put.......46-6 1/4
$ - School Record
% - Heptathlon World Record