Bronco junior Kurt Felix trounced the competition in winning the WAC decathlon yesterday in Ruston, Louisiana. Felix's score of 7,412 points places him 14th in the nation and second all-time at Boise State.
If winning the decathlon truly makes one the best athlete
in the world then
's Kurt Felix is officially the best athlete in the Western Athletic
Felix blew away the competition in winning the Western
Athletic Conference decathlon title last night at the WAC Track and Field
.Felix topped his career best in
the event by nearly 200 points (7,412) and now ranks second all-time in the
history. Brian Davidson holds the school
record of 7,712 points set in 1996.
Felix beat the next best finisher (
's Philip Noble) by nearly six-hundred points and now ranks #14 in the nation
with his point total.
"I am pleased with
moving into the top-25 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, who came into the second day of competition with a
substantial lead, poured it on today.He
opened with a career-best in the 110-meter hurdles (15.26) to win his fourth
event out of six.Felix then
finished second in the discus (120 feet, eight inches) and set another career
high in the pole vault (12-11.50) to finish fifth.The Bronco star won the javelin with another career-best (212-4) and
finished up the competition with a time of 4 minutes, 56.65 in the 1,500-meters
while battling a hamstring cramp that occurred midway through the race.
"We were cruising
right along today until Kurt caught the hamstring cramp," said multi-event
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."
FresnoState's David Deal finished
third behind Felix and Noble with 6,743 points followed by teammate Matt
Bushnell (6,435), Idaho sophomore Ryan Bowen (6,243) and UtahState's Jon Goble, who
finished with 6,217 points.
Felix's individual win
does nothing to change the outlook for the team title.UtahState is the runaway favorite to
take home the men's trophy tomorrow night.Since Felix was the pre-meet favorite in the decathlon, BoiseState is still on target for 137
points. Utah State did not hit their
target of 12 points in the event but still scored nine and is now projected to
score 204, 67 points ahead of the Broncos.That
is a very comfortable margin in track and field.Louisiana Tech will finish with 113 points if they perform up to their
capabilities while Idaho is projected to score 104
and Fresno State 101.
Idaho has the early lead in the
women's competition with 19 points to 8 for Louisiana Tech, 5 for Hawai'i, Nevada in fourth place with 4
points, New MexicoState with 2 and UtahState with 1.The points reflect the results in the heptathlon—no BoiseState student-athletes were
entered.Yesterday's results could
mean that Idaho will challenge Louisiana Tech for the team title.With a disappointing performance by UtahState, it also opens the door
for the Broncos to finish as high as third.Hawai'i, the team closest to BoiseState in projected points, also
lost 11 points in the heptathlon and now will have to struggle to catch the
Broncos.FresnoState is now BoiseState's main competition for
Tech is still favored
with 181 projected points, followed by Idaho with 151, UtahState with 111, BoiseState with 98, FresnoState with 88, Hawai'i with 78 and a tie for last
between Nevada and New MexicoState, both with 64 points.
In addition to the grueling decathlon, Felix will compete in the high jump,
long jump, triple jump and javelin this weekend.Competition begins at