Iuel, Tonnesen win multis at Pac-12 track and field championships
SEATTLE -- ARIZONA’s Pau Tonnesen defended last year’s decathlon crown, winning the event in the opening weekend of the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships held at Husky Track in Seattle. USC’s Amalie Iuel returned to the top of the podium this year, winning the heptathlon for the second time in three years, scoring the seventh-best score in Pac-12 history.
The Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships continues next weekend at Husky Track with the running and field events. The field events begin on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. with the running events kicking off at 1 p.m.
Iuel dominated the field, as the only competitor to break 6,000 points, she posted a personal-best 6,011 points. She won five of the seven events over the course of the weekend, breaking the 1,000-point plateau four times. Scoring 3,709 points after day 1 to take the early lead, Iuel opened Sunday’s action with the furthest leap in the long jump, recording 5.98m/19-4.00. She then posted a mark of 29.51m/96-10 to place eighth in the javelin before wrapping up the title with a win in the 800-meters, turning in a time of 2:06.34, finishing nearly eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
“I felt strong in the high jump, as well as the 200. The 800 was also a good race for me, however the javelin and the shot put are something I definitely need to work on,” said Iuel. “The javelin, especially, has been a struggle the past three years and it’s something I’ve got to work on definitely. If I can get some work in there I’ll be good for [the NCAA Championships in June.]”
ARIZONA’S Alyssa Thompson was second in the heptathlon with a score of 5,580. She also recorded the best javelin throw of the field with a 42.23m/138-06. WASHINGTON STATE’s Liz Harper (5,564) was third overall in the heptathlon, COLORADO’s Abrianna Torres was fourth (5,440) and USC’s Lyndsey Lopes was fifth (5,277).
In the decathlon, Tonnesen won four of five events on Sunday to take home the individual title for the second-straight year. He opened the day with the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.84 seconds), then posted a 43.40m/142-05 throw in the discus on his first attempt. He also dominated in the pole vault with a mark of 5.20m/17-0.75, nearly two feet further than the next-closest competitor. He could not be caught in the javelin, as well, as his throw went 56.16m/184-03. With just one final event remaining, he cruised to victory in the 1,500-meter race, crossing the finish line in eighth with a time of 4:42.95.
“Defending the Pac-12 title, although the events didn’t go as well as I hoped, is a good feeling,” said Tonnesen after winning the decathlon on Sunday. “It’s great to know that I can still perform at a high level even if all my events aren’t feeling at a tip-top shape, and it’s going to be a good practice for the upcoming decathlon at [the NCAA Championships] at Oregon [in June].”
OREGON had the second and third placers, Mitch Modin scoring 7,450 points to finish ahead of teammate Joe Delgado (7,341). WASHINGTON STATE’s Dino Dodig was fourth with 7,339 points, followed by UCLA’s Zack Bornstein, who tallied 7,289 points for fifth place.
With the championships continuing on next weekend, the Trojans and Ducks take the early team leads heading into the final weekend of competition. The USC women have 14 points, with Arizona collecting 11 to stand in second. The Cougars and Buffaloes have six points each to tie for third place, and host WASHINGTON has two points for fifth place.
On the men’s side, Oregon also has 14 points, with the Wildcats’ 10 points enough for second place. WSU is in third with five points, and UW and UCLA are tied for fourth with four points each. Colorado rounds out the early standings in sixth place with two points.
Live results for the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships 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, coverage and other important information can also be found at the link.