Kurt Felix Sets School Record En Route to Heptathlon Gold

NAMPA, Idaho -- Boise State's Kurt Felix completed a record-setting second day of competition in the men's heptathlon at the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center. Felix, a junior, earned his first career WAC title, capturing the men's heptathlon gold with a school record point total of 5,348 points. Teammate Steven Piippo gave a solid effort to earn a sixth-place finish in the event with a total of 4,391 points.

Felix earned his first career All-WAC First Team honor with the win while Piippo was able to earn his first career All-WAC Second Team honor.

Entering Friday's competition, Felix held a 217 point lead over the second-place competitor after completing the first four events of the heptathlon on Thursday. With three events remaining on Friday, Felix was able to capture an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, a fifth-place finish in the pole vault and a third-place finish in the 1000-meter run to maintain his top position overall. He ran a time of 8.93-seconds in the hurdles while also posting career-bests of 13-feet, 9.25-inches in the vault and 2-minutes, 49.35-seconds in the 1000-meters.

Heading into the final event of the 1000-meter run Felix was aiming to run a fast enough time to move him up in the national rankings. Although he did not hit his target time of 2-minutes, 43-seconds, he was able to run a personal-best time and earn enough points to top the Boise State school record in the men's heptathlon by one point. Felix, who held the second-best mark in school history prior to Friday (5,346 points), topped former Bronco Heigo Nurmsalu's school record of 5,347 points set in 2007 while also improving his personal-best by two points.

Piippo, a freshman, was sitting in fourth-place entering Friday's competition. He placed ninth in the 60-meter hurdles, seventh in the pole vault and fifth in the 1000-meter run to end up in sixth-place overall. His jump of 9-feet, 10-inches was a career-best in the event.

The single-event competitions began at 2:00 p.m. on Friday with the men's high jump while running events begin at 4:00 p.m. Saturday event begin at 11:00 a.m. and run through 3:25 p.m.

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