2010 USA decathlon champion (8,215)
3rd at USA Outdoor Championships – 2006 (7,827); 2007 (7,921)
Two-time NCAA Outdoor champion – 2006 (7,870); 2007 (8,215PR)
2007 Pac-10 Conference champion (7,755)
Awards and Honors
2006 Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic Team Selection
Arnold is only the second athlete in NCAA Division I history to win consecutive titles in the decathlon—George Mason’s Rob Muzzio accomplished the feat in 1984-85. He emerged as a threat in the decathlon in 2006 during his junior year at Arizona where he won the NCAA Outdoor title and placed third at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships. During the 2006 indoor season, he Arnold placed second in the heptathlon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships with his score of 5562. An All-American performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships followed when he placed fifth with a school record score of 5,640 points. Arnold had an even more impressive outdoor campaign, winning the Pac-10 decathlon title with a then personal best score of 7,691, and was named Pac-10 Athlete of the Week for his efforts. He also scored points for the team in the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, placing sixth and eighth respectively. At the West Region Championships, his personal best performance in the vault (5.31m/17-5) earned him a fourth-place finish and an automatic invitation to the NCAA Championships. He elected to only compete in the decathlon at the NCAAs, and registered a personal best score en route to winning the ten-event competition. His score of 7,870 is No. 2 all-time at the University of Arizona. As a prep star at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., Arnold was a four year letter winner in track and field, where he also earned letters in basketball, soccer and football. He owns school records in the 4x400 relay, 300IH, 110HH, Pole Vault, High Jump and 4x100 relays. He majored in retail and consumer sciences at Arizona.
2012: 3rd at Tucson Combined Events (7,519)
2011: 7th at USA Indoors (4,736); 19th at Gotzis (6,958)
2010: USA decathlon champ (8,215); 4th at Gotzis (8,253).
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors (7,984); 10th at Gotzis (8,069); 24th at World Outdoors (7,837).
2008: 4th at Olympic Trials (8,130); 2nd at USA vs. Germany (8,191).
2007: NCAA decathlon champion (8,215PR); 3rd at USA Outdoors (7,921); 13th at World Outdoors (8,004); PAC-10 Conference champion (7,755); NCAA Indoor heptathlon runner-up (5,909); 1st at LSU Combined Events (7,946).
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (7,827); NCAA decathlon champ (7,870).
2005: 6th at Pac-10 Champs; no-height in PV at NCAA Outdoors (5,140 pts.).
2004: Did not compete.
2003: 3rd at USA Junior Champs (6,772).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2010: Outdoor best – decathlon, 8,253 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 10 in the world)
2009: Outdoor best – decathlon, 8,069 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 27 in the world)
2008: Outdoor best – decathlon, 8,191 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 20 in the world)
2007: Outdoor best – decathlon, 8,215 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 16 in the world)
2006: Outdoor best – decathlon, 7,870 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 38 in the world)
2005: Outdoor best – decathlon, 7,529