Iowa sophomore Tionna Tobias, a Winslow graduate, placed fifth in the pentathlon Friday at the Big Ten Championships with the 6th-highest score in Iowa Hawkeyes history.
Tobias scored 3,625 points in the five-event, one-day test, which includes the hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800.
Iowa pentathlon all-time top-10
4,200 … Tria Simmons, 2019
4,123 … Jenny Kimbro, 2019
3,974 … Tammilee Kerr, 2008
3,798 … Chris Davenport, 1983
3,701 … Kamesha Marshall, 2005
3,625 … Tionna Tobias, 2021
3,511 … Tiff Pedersen, 2004
3,472 … Sarah Ryan, 2013
3,427 … Maureen Abel, 1979
3,421 … Allison Wahrman, 2017
Tobias opened up by running 8.61 for 993 points in the 60-meter high hurdles, only 16-100ths of a second off her personal-best 8.45 and the third-best hurdles mark in the competition.
Next up was the high jump, and Tobias cleared 5-3 1/4 on her third attempt, chalking up 747 points.
In the shot, Tobias hit 29-11 1/4, only about a foot shy of her PR of 31-0. That was good for 472 points. She dropped from 2nd place overall to 9th after the shot but moved back up to fifth when she posted the 4th-best long jump mark of the competition at 18-0 1/2, good for 700 points.
In the closing 800, Tobias ran 2:28.38 for 713 points. The 800 was the only event where Tobias didn’t score higher than she did in her first collegiate pentathlon last month.
Tobias’s previous lifetime best pentathlon score was 3,470 points in a multi-event competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign last month, where she ran 8.79 in the highs, high jumped 5-1, threw the shot 30-0 1/2, long jumped 17-3 and ran the 800 in 2:26.88
Tobias also 8.53 to qualify for the 60-meter hurdles final on Saturday.