Iuel, Tonnesen lead on Day 1 of Pac-12 Track and Field Championships
SEATTLE -- Defending Pac-12 Champion Pau Tonnesen of ARIZONA is the leader in the decathlon while 2014 champion USC’s Amalie Iuel is the leader in the heptathlon after a full day of competition at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships. The combined events open the championships that is held over two weekends, beginning with today’s action at Husky Track in Seattle on the campus of the University of Washington.
Tonnesen leads the field with a score of 4,025 points after five events. OREGON’s Mitch Modin is second with 3,993 points, followed by UW’s Josh Gordon, who scored 3,992 points. Rounding out the top five in the field are WASHINGTON STATE’s Dino Dodig (3,909) and UW’S Cole Jensen (3,832).
Tonnesen put up the best mark in the high jump (2.06m/6-9.00) and shot put (13.96m/45-9.75), helping him take the lead after day one. Modin had the fastest time in 100-meter dash to open the day (10.94), then closed out the day with the fastest time in the 400-meter race (48.10), to close the gap between himself and Tonnesen. His 400-meter time earned him 904 points in the event, only the second competitor on the day to collect 900 points in an event. Gordon was the only other decathlete to break 900 points, picking up 910 with the best long jump mark of the field (7.40m/24-3.50).
In the heptathlon, Iuel scored 1,000 points in three-of-four events to end the day with the lead, collecting 3,709 points. WASHINGTON STATE’s Liz Harper is second with 3,495 points and is the only other competitor to break 1,000, doing so in the 100-meter hurdles. COLORADO’s Abrianna Torres is third with 3,383 points, followed by UCLA’S Kendall Gustafson (3,327) in fourth and USC’s Lyndsey Lopes is in fifth with 3,284 points.
The day opened with a first-place tie in the 100-meter hurdles, with Iuel and Harper crossing the finishing line in 13.81 seconds. Iuel then posted the farthest leap in the high jump with a mark of 1.84m/6-0.50. After finishing third in the shot put with a throw of 11.63m/38-2.00, she then ran a 23.41 in the 200-meter to place first.
Torres had the best throw in the shot put at 13.07m/42-10.75 and was the only other heptathlete to post a win other than Iuel. Harper was second in the high jump (1.81m/5-11.25) and third in the 200-meter race (24.61), with her worse finish coming in the shot put (6th, 10.71m/35-1.75) but still remained ahead of Torres in the standings after the first day.
Day Two of the combined events of the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships continues tomorrow, Sunday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. with the men’s 110-meter hurdles and the men’s discus. The women’s competition resumes at 12:45 p.m. with the long jump. Admission is free to Husky Track for the event this weekend.
Live results for the heptathlon and decathlon can be found on pac-12.com at the track & field championships page at pac-12.com/track-field/championships and clicking the tab called “Live Results.” a full events schedule, final results and coverage can also be found at the link.
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