UW's James Alaka repeats as 200 champ in Pac-12 meet | NW Briefs
The junior from London became the first Husky to win back-to-back conference titles in a sprint event, repeating as 200-meter champion with a lifetime-best 20.45 seconds.
EUGENE, Ore. — Washington's James Alaka became the first Husky to win back-to-back conference titles in a sprint event, repeating as 200-meter champion with a lifetime-best 20.45 seconds on Sunday at the Pac-12 track and field championships.
His time is under the 'A' standard for this summer's London Olympics, the ultimate goal for the junior from London.
Alaka, last year's Pac-12 champion in the 100, also ran a career-best 10.22 seconds in that event but was runner-up behind USC's Aaron Brown (10.18).
Alaka's 200 victory was one of eight top-three finishes for UW on the final day of the meet. The Washington men tied for fifth with 78 points, their best finish in six years. Oregon's men won their sixth consecutive title with 140 points. Washington State (56.5) was eighth.
Oregon's women ran away with their fourth straight title. Washington's women were sixth, tying their best conference finish since 1998. WSU was ninth.
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From sports-information reports.