Friday, March 30, 2012

Felix Breaks School Decathlon Record, Finishes 4th at Texas Relays

Kurt Felix of Boise State broke the school decathlon record by 209 points to finish fourth in the Texas Relays yesterday.  Felix broke his own personal best by 509 points in totaling 7,921 in the two-day event in Austin and now owns the fifth-best mark in the world this season.  Alexi Morton tied for 19th in the women's heptathlon with 4,805 points.

Felix won two events among all decathletes in the prestigious meet and set personal bests in six of the 10 events.  The Boise State senior led on opening day, as he usually does, but fell back because his second day doesn't include his best events.  

Felix finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles yesterday to begin the competition with a career-best 14.78 seconds.  Kurt finished eighth in the discus with a career-best throw of 127' 4".  He then cleared 13' 9.25" in the pole vault, something he did not do in the recent NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.  He then moved on to one of his best events, the javelin, where Kurt won the competition with a career-best of 229' 3".  Felix completed the day with a career-best of 4:45.22 in the 1,600 meters to finish ninth in that event.

Hometown favorite Isaac Murphy of Texas won the decathlon with 8,067 points, the top mark in the world this season.  Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington was second with 7,977 points.  

Felix's Event-by-Event Results:
100-meters: 11.06 - 10th in the event (a .03 personal record [PR])
Long Jump: 25'-4.75" - 1st in the event (a 4.75" PR)
Shot Put: 44'-4.75" - 3rd in the event (a 2'-2" outdoor PR)
High Jump: 6'-7.50" - 2nd in the event
400-meters: 49.66 - 7th in the event
110m Hurdles: 14.78 - 8th in the event (a .48-second PR)
Discus: 127'-4" - 8th in the event (a 3'-10" PR)
Pole Vault: 13'-9.25" - 11th in the event (a 9.75" PR)
Javelin: 229'-3" - 1st in the event (a 8'-11" PR)
1500-meters: 4:45.22 - 9th in the event (a .02-second PR)
Overall Total: 7,921 points - 4th overall (a 509-point PR)

Morton's Event-By-Event Results:
100m Hurdles: 14.69 - 15th in the event
High Jump: 5'-5.25" - tie for 13th in the event
Shot Put: 34'-4.75" - 14th in the event
200-meters: 26.95 - 21st in the event
Long Jump: 18'-8.75" - tie for 8th in the event
Javelin: 100'-6" - 11th in the event (a 10'-3" PR)
800-meters: 2:38.68 - 21st in the event
Overall Total: 4,805-points - tie for 19th overall