Tonnesen Named Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year

Tonnesen Named Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year
Tucson, Ariz. –

For the third time in the last four years, the University of Arizona Wildcat men's track and field team has collected the Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year award. It was announced on Wednesday that redshirt junior Pau Tonnesen garnered the accolade.

Tonnesen was the conference champion in the decathlon with his personal-best score of 7,823. That is the fifth-best score in program history. Tonnesen won the fifth conference title in the event for the program and is only the third athlete to accomplish the feat. Tonnesen then competed at the Pac-12 Championships in the individual events, taking third place in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 17-4.5 (5.30m), the ninth-best mark in UA history. It's the first time a Wildcat scored in the pole vault since 2009. Tonnesen was voted the Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week on April 13.

Tonnesen currently has the fifth-best score in the country for the decathlon and could potentially compete at the NCAA West Preliminaries in the pole vault and the men's high jump. He already guaranteed himself a trip to the NCAA Championships for the decathlon.

Former Wildcat Nick Ross, an NCAA Champion and three-time Pac-12 Champion, was the Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year in 2012 and also 2014.