Jessica Tonn, Tribune girls track athlete of the year: The results are what everybody sees. Phoenix Xavier distance runner Jessica Tonn was the star among stars at this year's 5A-I state track championships, winning individual titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races, and anchoring the 3,200-meter relay to another victory.
The results are what everybody sees.
Phoenix Xavier distance runner Jessica Tonn was the star among stars at this year's 5A-I state track championships, winning individual titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races, and anchoring the 3,200-meter relay to another victory.
But the junior is great because of what she does when the spotlight is not on her.
Nearly every morning for the last four years, Tonn has woken up at 4:20 a.m. to get to her morning workout by 5. Xavier assistant coach Jeff Messer puts her through routines that build up strength, mobility and endurance.
Tonn has always been gifted, but it's that work ethic that has transformed her into the Tribune's girls track athlete of the year.
Tonn saw the work Messer did with former Queen Creek star runner Kari Hardt and knew she wanted his guidance.
"We tracked him down and asked if he would train me," Tonn said.
Tonn is in bed by 9 p.m. before workouts.
"I need enough sleep so that I don't get run down," Tonn said.
She generally has Fridays and Sundays off, which affords her a small dose of social time.
"I try and get out with my friends," she said. "Try and forget about running, which is hard. Balance is a main issue."
After the Nike Outdoor Nationals in the middle of June, Tonn will finally get a two-week break, half of her total time off during the year. Then she'll be back preparing for the cross country season.
Tonn has one more high school year left.
This season, her motivation was getting four state titles.
"I wanted to try and get four because that would be a step up from my sophomore year," Tonn said. "I wanted to prove to myself I could do it."
Which prompts the question, what could she have in store next year?