BATON ROUGE, LA., JUNE 4 -- Two-time champion Rob Muzzio of George Mason University finished second in the NCAA decathlon tonight.

Jim Connolly of UCLA won with 8,125 points. Muzzio, who won the event in 1984 and 1985 but didn't compete last year, finished with 8,061. Muzzio needed to defeat Connolly by 10 seconds in the final event, the 1,500 meters, to overtake his rival for the championship, but barely was able to hold off Connolly -- by one second -- in winning the event in 4:35.5.

Keith Robinson of Brigham Young finished third overall with 7,967 points.

In earlier portions of the decathlon today, Muzzio finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.63, won the discus at 161-3, was seventh in the pole vault at 14-1 and finished sixth in the javelin with a throw of 199-2.

Connolly's parents are Harold Connolly, the 1956 Olympic hammer throw champion, and Olga Fikotova, who won the women's discus in those Games, in Melbourne.

Harry Reynolds, a sensational Ohio State junior, easily broke the stadium record in the 400-meter dash in a semifinal heat.

Reynolds, who has run the fastest sea-level 400 in history -- 44.10 seconds last month in Columbus, Ohio -- was timed in 44.43 today. The previous record at Bernie Moore Stadium, on the campus of Louisiana State, was 44.58, set by Bert Cameron of Jamaica in 1981.

Runner-up Tony Allen of Texas Christian was clocked in 45.53, more than a second behind Reynolds.

George Mason's Abdi Bile had the fastest qualifying time in the men's 1,500 meters. Bile, the 1985 NCAA 1,500 champion, ran 3.43.26. Georgetown's Mike Stahr and John Trautmann finished 13th and 14th, respectively, and failed to qualify for the 12-man field.

After his outstanding effort, Reynolds said, "The new track {recently renovated} helped my time. I went hard on the straightaways and on the curves, because, running in lane No. 9, you have a blind spot.

"I'm out to prove that the 44.10 was for real. I don't think that people are doubting that time, but when they see it, everyone will believe it."

Among the other eight runners joining Reynolds in Saturday's final was Arkansas' Roddie Haley, the 1985 NCAA champion and 1986 runner-up, who easily won his heat in 45.44.

In the women's 400 semifinals, 1984 Olympian Lillie Leatherwood-King of Alabama won her heat in 51.35, breaking her stadium mark of 51.69.