Arizona junior Tonnesen takes 2nd in NCAA decathlon

BY foxsports • June 12, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. -- Arizona junior Paul Tonnesen set a school record with 8,247 points to finish second in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Tonnesen eclipsed Jake Arnold's record of 8,215 set in 2007. He finished second to Georgia's Maicel Uibo, who repeated at champion with 8,356 points.

Tonnensen, from Spain, had personal bests in seven of the 10 events. His score meets the qualifying standard for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"It was a lot of fun," Tonnesen said. "There was a lot of good guys and I couldn't be happier. I was focused, I took it one event at a time and I did my best."

 "The most important thing is that he's one unbelievable competitor," Arizona coach Fred Harvey said. "Every single time in every single event he came in and nailed it. I'm really proud of the work he did. He fought right to the end and had a chance with the title."

Senior Elvin Kibet concluded her Arizona career by finishing 13th in the 10K with a time of 34:12.57.

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