Felix Leads, Morton Runner-up on MW Champs Day One

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Four Broncos participated in day one of the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday (Feb. 23) at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Sophomore Alexi Morton earned the first points for Boise State, notching eight points for the women after a second-place finish in the pentathlon. Senior Kurt Felix leads the men's heptathlon after day one and four events out of seven. He will complete day two of the heptathlon on Friday (Feb. 24).

Morton, the 2011 Western Athletic Conference pentathlon champion, picked up the runner-up title this year in the new conference, earning 3,726-points. The total put her only 43-points behind her total from last year's championships, which was also a school record performance.

Morton started her day off with a second-place finish in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 8.96-seconds, a season-best. She went on to place second in the high jump, clearing 5'-6", as well as placing fourth in the shot put with a mark of 34'-11". The Auburn, Wash., native earned her second season-best mark in the long jump (18'-9.25"), placing second and ended the day with a season-best of 2:34.10 to finish fourth in the 800-meters. She finished the day 137-points out of first-place, won by San Diego State sophomore Allison Reaser.

Felix leads the heptathlon with a total of 3,375-points, sitting only 37-points behind pace of his own school record set two weeks ago. He also leads his nearest competitor by over 400-points entering the second day of competition. The St. Davids, Grenada, native had an undefeated day Thursday, capturing wins in all four events on the day. He earned a career-best of 7.04-seconds in the 60-meters, jumped 24'-9" in the long jump to win by over two feet, and threw 42'-0.5" to win the shot put by over a foot. The 2011 WAC Champion and NCAA heptathlon participant closed out his day by clearing 6'-11" in the high jump, winning by nearly five-inches.

Kimberly Miller also participated in the women's pentathlon, placing 10 th with a career-best of 3,138-points. She placed 10th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.67-seconds, followed by a 13th-place finish in the high jump after clearing 4'-9.75". The Tucker, Ga., native, went on to throw 30'-7.5" in the shot put (11th), jumped 18'-1.5" in the long jump (6th) and ran a career-best of 2:39.16 to place seventh in the 800-meters.

On the men's side, Anthony Belcher is also participating in the heptathlon, sitting in 11 th-place with 2,461-points after day one. The Columbus, Ohio, native clocked a personal-best of 7.10-seconds to place sixth in the 60-meters, followed by a 20'-1" effort in the long jump, good for 11th-place. He went on to place 11th in the shot put with a career-best of 31'-8" and ended his day with an 11th-place finish in the high jump after clearing 5'-6.5".

Air Force's Michael Tibbs sits in second-place in the heptathlon with 2,968-points.

SDSU leads the women's team race with 13-points, all scored in the pentathlon. Boise State sits in second with eight points, while New Mexico is in third with six points. Colorado State (five points), Air Force (four points), UNLV (two points) and TCU (one point) round out the team scoring after day one of the MW Championships.

Day two of the championships kick-off on Friday, Feb. 24, at 11:00 a.m. (MT) with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Open field events are slated for a 1:00 p.m. start, while running events begin at 1:30 p.m. The meet continues through Saturday, Feb. 25.

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