RUSTON, La. - Boise State's Kurt Felix had an exceptional start to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships earning his first career WAC decathlon title on Thursday evening (May 13). Felix bettered his career-best point total by nearly two-hundred points, earning 7,412 points to now rank No. 14 in the nation and score the second-best decathlon score in Boise State history.
"I am pleased with moving into the top-24 which is what I wanted to do," said Felix. "Now I just have to continue to execute like I have been and stay focused and everything will fall into place. I am just going to go out and give my best effort every day."
Felix began his day with a career-best record in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 15.26 seconds to win his fourth event of the 10-event competition. He went on to give a solid effort in the discus throw, placing second with a toss of 120 feet, 8 inches. In the pole vault, Felix cleared 12 feet, 11.50 inches, a career-high mark, to finish fifth in the event. Felix picked up another event win in the ninth event of the competition, earning a career-best mark of 212 feet, 4 inches in the javelin throw. In the final event of the day, Felix clocked a time of 4 minutes, 56.65 seconds in the 1500-meter run, battling through a hamstring cramp to finish the race.
"I would have liked to have finished higher in the 1500, but around the second lap my hamstring started tightening up and cramping on me, so I just had to push through and try to finish," explained Felix.
Although Felix tightened up in his final event, he was still nearly six-hundred points ahead of his nearest competitor, Utah State's Philip Noble who totaled 6,828 points. With the win, Felix sweeps the 2010 men's multi-event titles, earning the indoor heptathlon title in February.
Felix's score of 7,412 points moves into the No. 2 spot for all-time performances in the decathlon at Boise State. He surpasses Dave Tomlinson's (1986) former No. 2 mark of 7,290 points and now sits behind Brian Davidson's (1996) school record score of 7,712 points.
"We were cruising right along today until Kurt caught the hamstring cramp," said multi-event coach Jeff Petersmeyer. "Overall we are pleased with how things turned out. This should get him into the national meet, but he was on pace to score about 7,550 points or so (before the cramp). I think his mark will still be ok to qualify for the national meet."
Felix now will turn his focus to the individual and relay events slated for Friday and Saturday at the Jim Mize Track Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Felix, who will be joined by the remainder of his teammates over the weekend, will compete in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin as an individual competitor.
Friday's events begin at 12:30 p.m. (CT) with the women's pole vault and the men's hammer throw, while the track events start at 3 p.m. with the men's 3000-meter steeplechase.
Full meet results are available at: http://wac.org/otf/2010/index.htm
Women's Team Scores (through one event):
1. Idaho, 19; 2. Louisisana Tech, 8; 3. Hawaii, 5; 4. Nevada, 4; 5. New Mexico State, 2; 6. Utah State, 1.
Men's Team Scores (through one event):
1. (tie) Boise State and Fresno State, 10; 3. Utah State, 9; 4. Idaho, 2.