Boise State's Felix Wins Decathlon Title

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 Boise State 's Kurt Felix is officially the best athlete in the Western Athletic Conference.  

Felix blew away the competition in winning the Western Athletic Conference decathlon title last night at the WAC Track and Field Championships in Ruston , Louisiana .  Felix topped his career best in the event by nearly 200 points (7,412) and now ranks second all-time in the decathlon in Boise State history.  Brian Davidson holds the school record of 7,712 points set in 1996.  

Felix beat the next best finisher ( Utah State '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 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."

Fresno State '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 Utah State 's Jon Goble, who finished with 6,217 points.

Felix's individual win does nothing to change the outlook for the team title.  Utah State is the runaway favorite to take home the men's trophy tomorrow night.  Since Felix was the pre-meet favorite in the decathlon, Boise State 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 Mexico State with 2 and Utah State with 1.  The points reflect the results in the heptathlon—no Boise State student-athletes were entered.  Yesterday's results could mean that Idaho will challenge Louisiana Tech for the team title.  With a disappointing performance by Utah State , it also opens the door for the Broncos to finish as high as third.  Hawai'i , the team closest to Boise State in projected points, also lost 11 points in the heptathlon and now will have to struggle to catch the Broncos.  Fresno State is now Boise State 's main competition for fourth place.

Tech is still favored with 181 projected points, followed by Idaho with 151, Utah State with 111, Boise State with 98, Fresno State with 88, Hawai'i with 78 and a tie for last between Nevada and New Mexico State , 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 11:30 a.m. st1:time> Mountain time in Ruston .

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