Tonnesen & Roth Lead Cats in NCAA Championships on Day One - Tucson News Now

Tonnesen & Roth Lead Cats in NCAA Championships on Day One

EUGENE, Ore. – The Arizona Wildcats had three athletes competing along with men's 4x400-meter relay team to kick off the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

"This is one of those meets where people will perform out of their minds, the talent level is high here." Head Coach Fred Harvey said. "You see guys like Aaron Castle who had a great mark for 15th and takes home Second Team All-American honors."

Pau Tonnesen ended day one of the decathlon in 12th place with 3,952 points. He did that with a time of 11.35 seconds in the 100-meter, a mark of 24 ft. - 2.25 in. (7.37m) in the long jump, 46 ft - 3.75 in. (14.10m) in the shot put, 6 ft. - 4.75 in. (1.95m) in the high jump, and ended the day with a time of 50.91 seconds in the 400-meter race.

"Pau didn't have the same first day he had here last year, but he is still in a pretty good position." Coach Harvey said. "He is a great day two decathlete because he is such a competitor."

Aaron Castle finished 15th in the shot put final with a mark of 61 ft. - 5.75 in. (18.74m). 

Bailey Roth broke the freshman school record in the men's steeplechase at 3:37.32, he unfortunately missed the qualifying mark but the time was good for seventh-best in school history.

"I was very proud of Bailey who ran an amazing PR and had himself in position to make the final." Coach Harvey said.

The men's relay squad of Michael Demby, Bryce Houston, Miles Parish, and Collins Kibet finished 20th with a time of 3:07.97. That time was not good enough to qualify for the final. 

Tomorrow the Cats will have Pau Tonnesen back out for day two of the decathlon, Sage Watson in the 400-meter hurdle semifinal, and the women's 4x400-meter relay team going in the semifinals as well.

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