Day Two of the Jim Click Multis was headlined again by star decathlete Pau Tonnesen. Arizona also had two women, Tiana Bonds and Alyssa Thompson, compete and excel in the rest of the heptathlon events.
Pau Tonnesen kicked off the day in the 110-meter hurdles by posting a solid mark of 14.57 seconds. That mark earned him 902 decathlon points, and was just two-hundredths of a second off of the best mark in the field. Next was the discus throw where Tonnesen had a mark at 149 ft. - 7 in. (45.61m) for 779 decathlon points.
In the pole vault Tonnesen had the best mark in the field at 17 ft. - 0.75 in. (5.20m). That earned him 972 points. Tonnesen then threw a mark of 175 ft. - 10 in. (53.59m) in the javelin throw, earning him 642 points. Tonnesen finished the day with the 1,500-meter race, posting a time of 4:48.91 for 625 points.
With those marks Tonnesen earned a first place finish at 7,993 points, a mark that is currently third best in the country this year.
“The big thing with the multis is that it takes a few times to really get a rhythm and get your feel for it.” Head Coach Fred Harvey said. “What we are looking for is how they are competing in each individual event. Pau’s overall mark today was one of his best opening decathlons yet.”
Alyssa Thompson started her day off in the long jump with the top mark of the field at 19 ft. - 1.5 in. (5.83m), which earned her 798 points. In the javelin she posted a mark of 106 ft. - 6 in. (32.48m) that earned her 524 points.
Lastly, she posted a time of 2:24.30 in the 800-meter earning her a fourth place finish at 5,159 points.
“Overall the meet went very well.” Thompson said. “It was a great first heptathlon, we found some things that I can work on and that we will go over in practice.”
Tiana Bonds posted a mark of 18 ft. - 7.25 in. (5.67m) in the long jump, garnering 750 points. Bonds would go on to earn a mark of 102 ft. - 0 in. (31.10m) in the javelin throw that earned her 497 points.
Bonds ended her day by running a personal record in the 800-meter at 2:23.01, garnering a seventh place finish at 5,063 points.
“There were some good things that happened and some not-so-good things as well.” Bonds said. “We know what we need to work on and we know what we need to practice. It was fun to get the first heptathlon out of the way and get a solid score out of it.”
The Track Cats will have around 60 athletes competing in the Jim Click Shootout tomorrow with events starting at 10 a.m. MST.
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