Tonnensen/Watson Earn Pac-12 Athlete of the Week Honors - Tucson News Now

Tonnensen/Watson Earn Pac-12 Athlete of the Week Honors

TUCSON, Ariz. – After a weekend of immense success that saw the women’s track and field team jump to #21 in the national polls, with the men’s sitting at #37, two athletes were honored with Pac-12 Athlete of the week awards.

Sage Watson is this week’s Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Week after running the fastest time in the world this year in the 400-meter hurdles at 55.45 seconds. She also competed in the 4x400-meter relay team that finished first at 3:33.81.

“I definitely think both athletes are very deserving of the award.” Head Coach Fred Harvey said. “Sage’s performance in the 400-meter hurdles, being the number one mark in the world right now, is a tough act to beat.”

Pau Tonnesen took home this week’s Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week after placing first in the decathlon at 7,993 points, the third best mark in the country this year. Here is a breakdown of how he fared in all of the events: 11.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash; 24 ft. - 5.75 in (7.46m) in the long jump; 47 ft. - 7.25 in. (14.51m) in the shot put; 6 ft. - 6.25 in. (1.99m) in the high jump; 50.72 seconds in the 400-meter race; 14.57 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles race; 149 ft. - 8 in. (45.61m) in the discus throw; 17 ft. - 0.75 in. (5.20m) in the pole vault; 175 ft. - 10 in. (53.59m) in the javelin throw; 4:48.91 in the 1,500-meter race.

“Pau just continues to amaze.” Coach Harvey said. “For him to get Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week was deserved, but looking at where he is going with his performances I think the Wildcat community can look for some great things from him.”

Coach Harvey insisted on mentioning Nnenya Hailey’s historic week as well. She broke a school record in the 100-meter hurdle with the best mark in the country right now at 12.96 seconds. She paired that with a mark of 55.97 seconds in the 400-meter hurdle, the third best mark in the world right now.

“Nneny had a great double, probably one of the all-time great doubles in the hurdles.”

These athletes will get some rest this week as Arizona will send three athletes to the Mt. Sac Relays and one athlete to compete in the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State.

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