Tonnesen Posts No. 2 Decathlon Score in the Country

Tonnesen Posts No. 2 Decathlon Score in the Country

TUCSON, AZ - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the Jim Click Multis on Friday afternoon at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Redshirt junior Pau Tonnesen and sophomore Alyssa Thompson were the top finishers for the Wildcats on the day. The standard portion of the Jim Click Shootout begins on Saturday with the field events at 9 a.m. MST and the track events at 12 p.m.

Tonnesen scored 7,783 points and finished in second place overall. He began the day with a personal-best time of 15.14 (0.0 wind) in the 110-meter hurdles, good for 833 points. Tonnesen posted another personal best in the discus, throwing 151-11 (46.31m) and scoring 794 points. In the pole vault, Tonnesen had a clearance of 15-9 (4.80m) and scored 849 points. Tonnesen then scored 635 points in the javelin with a personal-best toss of 174-4 (53.13m). Tonnesen finished the competition with a personal-best time of 4:54.10 in the 1,500-meter and added 594 points to his total. Tonnesen's score is No. 2 in the country per and it is the fifth-best score in UA history.

"The meet went well, there's a few things that I still have to work on," Tonnesen said. "The high jump and the pole vault didn't go that great but that's okay. I had a lot of other personal bests. I'm happy with the score and I'm happy with the two days. I'm happy (being No. 1 in the country) but at the same time I have to do better because there's a lot of people that haven't got their scores in yet and who are going to get a lot better. I just have to get ready for the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Championships, hopefully."

Junior Harrison Ivie finished in third place with a total of 7,198 points. Ivie's time of 15.19 (0.0 wind) in the 110-meter hurdles was good for 827 points. Ivie scored 596 points in the discus with his toss of 120-0 (36.59m). Ivie cleared 14-9 (4.50m) in the pole vault, scoring 760 points. Ivie then scored 654 points in the javelin with a toss of 178-6 (54.41m). Ivie ran the 1,500-meter race in 5:10.24, scoring 502 points. Ivie's score is currently third in the country and 10th in school history.

The winner of the decathlon was Felix Kurt, who scored 7,895 as a professional athlete. Freshman Erik Mensendiek took fourth place with 6,058 points. Freshman Myles Hawkins tallied 5,946 points in fifth place. It was the first ever decathlon for both of the student-athletes.

Sophomore Alyssa Thompson finished with a score of 5,320 in third place. Thompson began the day with a big mark in the long jump, going 19-9.5 (6.03m, +1.7 wind) and scoring 859 points. Thompson had a big toss in the javelin, 132-8 (40.43m) was a personal-best mark and added 676 points to her total. She ran the 800-meter run in 2:28.25 and scored 715 points. Akela Jones, the runner-up, set the top Division I mark in the country with a score of 6,049. The winner was Salcia Slack of New Mexico Highlands who scored 6,141 points.

"It was a good meet overall, I think it was a great opener for the outdoor season," Thompson said. "Things started off a little rough in the first two events, they didn't really go how I wanted to. It's a good thing to still be close to a personal best with two pretty big mess-ups. If I nail those down, then I have the potential of getting a good score at the next meet. The long jump was definitely a really big event for me. I came out today and wanted to start with a good jump. That carried over to javelin, that was probably the highlight of the meet, I had a really big personal best."

Freshman Tiana Bonds took !! place with a total of !! points. Bonds posted a personal-best mark of 18-9.25 (5.72m, 0.0 wind) in the long jump and scored 765 points. Bonds had a personal-best toss of 119-2 (36.33m) in the javelin and scored 597 points. For the 800-meter run, Bonds scored 726 points with a time of 2:27.40.

Sophomore Aleah Hurst scored !! points, good for !! place. Hurst just missed her personal-best mark in the long jump, going 19-8 (5.99m, 0.0 wind) and scoring 846 points. For the javelin, Hurst had a toss of 92-2 (28.09m) and scored 440 points. Hurst then ran the 800 meters in 2:50.27 good for 461 points.

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