Felix Shatters School Record, 4th at Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- Boise State's Kurt Felix made history on Thursday (March 29) afternoon, shattering the Boise State school record in the decathlon at the 2012 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Felix earned 7,921-points and placing fourth overall, shattering the school record by 209-points, his own career-best by 509-points and sitting just 29-points shy of the Olympic "B" Standard.
Bronco sophomore Alexi Morton tied for 19th in the heptathlon, earning 4,805-points over the seven events.
Felix's success in the overall competition was thanks to six career-best marks out of the 10 total in the decathlon, as well as two outdoor career-bests and two event wins.
The redshirt-senior held the overall lead after five events on Wednesday, but dropped to second through Thursday's first two events, the 110-meter hurdles and discus. He then fell to fifth after the pole vault and jumped back to third after the javelin, heading into the final event, where he ended in the 10-event, two-day competition in fourth.
Felix opened up his day with the 110-meter hurdles placing eighth and clocking a new career-best of 14.78-seconds (a half-second improvement).
Moving on to discus, Felix earned his second career-best of the day, and fifth in the competition when he threw 127'-4" to place eighth and improve his career mark by four feet.
The St. David's, Grenada, native went on to clear 13'-9.25" in the pole vault for a new outdoor career-best and an 11th-place finish in the event.
In the javelin, a strong event for Felix, he showed confidence, throwing a career-best by nine-feet to a 229'-3" mark. The mark earned him the javelin win, his second event win over the two-day competition.
In the final event, Felix broke his career-best by .02-seconds, running to a time of 4:45.22 and placing ninth.
Texas' Isaac Murphy won the Texas Relays decathlon with 8,067-points, appearing to be the world leading mark at this point in the season. Second through fourth-place were very close with Texas-Arlington's Romain Martin placed second (7,977) and Wesley Bray (unattached) placing third (7,932). Felix's mark of 7,921 appears to be the fifth-best mark in the world for the 2012 outdoor season according to early season lists.
Morton picked up her 19th-place finish in the heptathlon after competing in the long jump, javelin and 800-meters on Thursday (March 29).
She began her day with the long jump, the fifth of seven events in the competition, leaping to an 18'-8.75" jump and a tie for eighth-place.
Moving on to javelin, the sophomore earned a 10-foot career-record, throwing 100'-6" to place 11th in the event.
The 800-meters was the final event of the meet for Morton, where she clocked a time of 2:38.68, good for 21st-place.
West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades won the women's pentathlon with 5,821-points.
With the completion of the decathlon and heptathlon on Thursday, Felix and Morton end their run at the 2012 Texas Relays. The majority of Boise State's men's and women's teams will stay closer to home this weekend, competing Friday and Saturday (March 30-31) in the Idaho Cup at Northwest Nazarene's Track Facility in Nampa, Idaho.
Note: Boise State's former school record of 7,712-points in the decathlon, was set by Brian Davidson in 1996. Felix formerly held the second-best decathlon score in school history at 7,412-points (his career-best before today).
Felix's Event-by-Event Results:
100-meters: 11.06 - 10th in the event (a .03 personal record [PR])
Long Jump: 25'-4.75" - 1st in the event (a 4.75" PR)
Shot Put: 44'-4.75" - 3rd in the event (a 2'-2" outdoor PR)
High Jump: 6'-7.50" - 2nd in the event
400-meters: 49.66 - 7th in the event
110m Hurdles: 14.78 - 8th in the event (a .48-second PR)
Discus: 127'-4" - 8th in the event (a 3'-10" PR)
Pole Vault: 13'-9.25" - 11th in the event (a 9.75" PR)
Javelin: 229'-3" - 1st in the event (a 8'-11" PR)
1500-meters: 4:45.22 - 9th in the event (a .02-second PR)
Overall Total: 7,921 points - 4th overall (a 509-point PR)
Morton's Event-By-Event Results:
100m Hurldes: 14.69 - 15th in the event
High Jump: 5'-5.25" - tie for 13th in the event
Shot Put: 34'-4.75" - 14th in the event
200-meters: 26.95 - 21st in the event
Long Jump: 18'-8.75" - tie for 8th in the event
Javelin: 100'-6" - 11th in the event (a 10'-3" PR)
800-meters: 2:38.68 - 21st in the event
Overall Total: 4,805-points - tie for 19th overall
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