Felix Sets School, WAC Heptathlon Record En Route to NCAA Mark

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State junior Kurt Felix had a historical finish in the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships heptathlon at the Jackson Indoor Track earning his second-straight title in the event. Felix set a new Boise State school record, a new WAC record and became the first Bronco to ever qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships the two-day seven-event competition.

Felix improved his previous school and WAC record by 22-points, earning a new career-best mark of 5,691-points. He won all but two events over the two days, the pole vault and the 1,000-meters, and was able to capture three personal bests in the seven events, as well as his new overall point total best.

After winning the 60-meters, long jump, shot put and high jump on Thursday afternoon, Felix began his Friday morning with a win in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46-seconds. He went on to clear 13-6.50 in the pole vault, placing fourth in the event, while also running a career-best time of 2:48.49 in the 1,000-meters to place second.

His new overall best moves him currently to the fifth-best spot in the nation in the men's heptathlon.

Also competing in the heptathlon for Boise State was Anthony Belcher, Nathan Balcirak and Justin Malashin.

Belcher earned a fourth-place finish, earning the Broncos four points to the team total after scoring a personal best of 4100-points. He ran to a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.12), cleared a personal-best of 8-7.5 in the pole vault to place sixth and ran a best of 2:57.55 to place fifth in the event.

Balcirak finished his first career heptathlon competition with three personal-best marks on Friday. He earned a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (10.64), cleared 14-11.25 to place second in the pole vault and clocked a time of 3:15.60 to place seventh in the 1,000-meters.

Malashin also had bests in all of his three events on Friday, running 11.82-seconds to place seventh in the 60-meter hurdles, clearing 7-7.75 to place seventh in the pole vault and running to a sixth-place finish in the 1,000-meters (3:12.83).

Overall the Broncos earned 15 team points in the heptathlon. Felix joined Alexi Morton, who won Thursday's pentathlon competition, to sweep the top titles in the men's and women's multi-event competitions.

The Broncos continue competition with open events throughout the afternoon on Friday and all day Saturday at the Jackson Indoor Track.


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