Felix, Piippo Fare Well in Day One of WAC Championship Heptathlon

NAMPA, Idaho (2/25/2010) - The 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships got off to a good start for Boise State on Thursday afternoon at the Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center. Junior Kurt Felix and freshman Steven Piippo, sit in first and fourth-place, respectively, after day one of the men's heptathlon.

Felix, who leads the competition after four events, finished the day with a point total of 3,142, just off-pace from his season-best of 3,257 that he set after day one at the Jacksons Open on December 5, 2009. Felix was a little off-the-mark in each of his first three events on Thursday, but bettered his season-best in the high jump. In the first event of the day, Felix clocked a time of 7.28-seconds in the 60-meter dash, tying for the fourth-best mark out of the nine-man field. Moving on to long jump, Felix led the field with a jump of 23-feet, 2-inches, while placing second in the shot put with a toss of 40-feet, 3.25-inches. In the fourth and final event of the day for the men's heptathlon, Felix was able to improve his season-best in the high jump by nearly three inches, clearing a height of 6-feet, 11-inches and earning his second event-win of the day. Felix took jumps at the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark of 7-feet, 1/4-inches, but was unable to clear the height.

Piippo, who sits in fourth after four events, scored a total of 2,760 points on day one, just 34 points off his season-best day one total set at the Boise State Team Invite just two weeks ago. Also finishing well in all four events on the day, Piippo started with a season-best time of 7.15-seconds in the 60-meter dash, placing second out of the nine competitors. In long jump, Piippo gave a solid effort of 19-feet, 8.25-inches to place sixth overall. Capturing the win and edging out Felix in the heptathlon shot put, Piippo threw a distance of 40-feet, 7.50-inches, moving him up in the standings. In the high jump, Piippo neared a season-best mark, clearing 6-feet, 2.75-inches, placing second in the event.

No Bronco women competed in the women's pentathlon on Thursday.

Idaho's Mike Carpenter sits in second-place after the first day of competition with 2,925 points while teammate Andrew Blaser holds the third-place position with 2,798 points.

Day two of the men's heptathlon will take place on Friday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles. The pole vault and 1000-meter run will round out the seven-event competition on Friday afternoon.

The first day of individual events for the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships begins on Friday at 2 p.m. with the men's high jump. Friday's running events begin at 4:00 p.m. with the women's mile run. The meet continues on Saturday with field events beginning at 11:00 a.m. and running finals beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

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