Tonnesen wins Pac-12 Decathlon title - Tucson News Now

Tonnesen wins Pac-12 Decathlon title

(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams finished the Pac-12 Championships Multis on Saturday in Los Angeles, Calif. UCLA hosted the two-day competition at their own Drake Stadium. Redshirt junior Pau Tonnesen won the decathlon with a personal-best score of 7,823 points. Sophomore Alyssa Thompson's personal-best score of 5,343 in the heptathlon was good for sixth place. The standard portion of the meet takes place on May 16-17, also at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Tonnesen started Sunday with another personal-best mark, running the 110-meter hurdles in 15.05 (+1.5 wind) and scoring 843 points. Tonnesen then won the discus competition with a throw of 145-10 (44.45m), good for 756 points. Tonnesen then had a personal-best clearance of 16-2 (4.93m) and scored 889 points in the pole vault. He then threw the javelin 168-9 (51.44m), adding 610 points to his total. Tonnesen ran the 1,500-meter race in 4:48.58, a huge personal-best time that was good for 627 points. Tonnesen's winning score of 7,823 is the fifth-best mark in UA history and is No. 3 in the country on the year. He is the third Wildcat to win a conference title in the event. Derek Huff won in both 1988 and 1989 along with Jake Arnold who won in 2006 and 2007. Tonnesen added 10 points to the men's team total.

“It was a great meet,” Tonnesen said. “There were a lot of great decathletes and I really enjoyed competing with them. I'm really happy with the meet. I had a big personal best in the shot put and I vaulted well. I can't wait to get to the NCAA Championships and try for 8,000 points.”

Redshirt junior Harrison Ivie finished in seventh place after 10 events, scoring 6,994 points. Ivie ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.31 (+1.5 wind) and scored 812 points. Ivie had a toss of 120-7 (36.75m) in the discus, adding 599 points to his total. Ivie scored 769 points in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-10.25 (4.53m). Ivie then threw the javelin with a throw of 150-4 (45.82m), tallying 527 points. In the 1,500-meter race, Ivie posted a personal-best time of 4:51.29 and scored 611 points. He contributed two points to the men's team score.

Thompson started the day in the long jump with a mark of 19-5.25 (5.92m, +0.4 wind), good for 825 points. Thompson then had a mark of 124-8 (38.00m) in the javelin, scoring 629 points. She ran the 800-meter race in a personal-best time of 2:23.58, tallying 776 points. Thompson's previous score of 5,320 was good for eighth-best in UA history. Her score of 5,343 from this weekend is still the eighth-best mark in program history. She added three points to the women's team total.

Freshman Tiana Bonds took eight place with 4,957 points. Bonds scored 717 points in the long jump with a mark of 18-3 (5.56m, +1.6 wind). Bonds had a toss of 96-2 (29.32m) in the javelin and added 464 points to her score. She then clocked a personal-best time of 2:23.11 in the 800-meter run, good for 782 points. Bonds scored a point for the women's squad.

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