Cal junior Tuomas Kaukolahti finished eighth in the triple jump on Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Austin, Texas.
Kaukolahti exactly matched his career-best jump with a leap of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches on his second attempt. But the junior from Helsinki, Finland fouled three times on his other five jumps and never improved on that mark.
The two-time Pac-12 champion, Kaukolahti earned first-team All-America honors with his eighth-place performance. A year ago, Kaukolahti finished 18th at the NCAA meet.
TCU sophomore Chengetayi Mapaya won the title with a mark of 56-2 1/2.
Cal sophomore Iffy Joyner finished 18th in the men’s discus with a best of 181-0. Joyner had an entry mark of 193-9.
Alabama’s Kord Ferguson won the discus with a toss of 203-7.