Vaisima and Felix Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships
NAMPA, Idaho -- Boise State seniors Mele Vaisima and Kurt Felix came away with All-America honors at today's NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Vaisima ended her collegiate indoor career with a sixth place finish in the women's weight throw, while Felix earned second team All-America honors in the men's long jump with a ninth place finish.
Vaisima's throw of 65-10 1/2 (20.07m) was the second best in her career behind the school record mark of 69-8.25 (21.24m) when she won the Mountain West Conference Championships two weeks ago.
"Coming in here and making it to nationals has been a great experience for me," Vaisima said. "A great achievement and an honor to compete on my home track in front of my friends and family and just compete with elite athletes. The experience is overwhelming and awesome."
Southern Illinois senior Jeneva McCall took the national title with a throw of 75-1 3/4 (22.90m).
Vaisima scored three team points for Boise State with her sixth-place finish. This was the only event for a Bronco woman at this year's indoor championships.
Felix, who was competing in his fifth event of the day after spending the earlier part of the Friday in the first four events of the heptathlon, had a leap of 24-10 (7.57m) to finish ninth.
"I finished ninth," Felix stated. "Not bad. I was trying to get into the top eight but those other guys came here to do that."
Felix is in a good position to earn another All-America award on Saturday. He finished the first day of the heptathlon in second place with 3,344, 13 points behind leader Gray Horn, a senior from the University of Florida, with 3,357 points.
In the heptathlon long jump Felix placed first with a mark of 25-0 3/4 (7.64m) to earn 970 points.
He tied for the best mark in the high jump with a height of 6-9 3/4 (2.08m). Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato and Georgia senior Cory Holman both equaled Felix in the height.
Felix tied his season best 42-11 1/2 (13.09m) in the shot put to accrue 673 points in the event.
Cato ranked third with 3,333 points and Holman fourth with 3,311 points after the first day.
Felix first competed in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.17 seconds to earn 823 points.
The heptathlon resumes Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000-meter run to round off the event.
"A lot of those guys in the heptathlon are good second day guys so tomorrow I'm just going to have fun," Felix said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm not going to put pressure on myself. I'm going to have fun and hopefully it goes well."
The first event in tomorrow's heptathlon begins at 10:30 am with the 60-meter hurdles.
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