Felix Hits Olympic "B" Standard at Mt. SAC Relays

AZUSA, Calif. - Boise State redshirt senior Kurt Felix led a slew of successful Broncos on Thursday afternoon (April 19) competing at three separate meets in Southern California. Felix set the tone for the weekend after scoring a school record, career-best and Grenada national record of 7,972-points to win the Mt. SAC Relays Decathlon competition. The mark not only changes the Bronco record books, but also surpasses the Olympic "B" Standard in the 10-event competition, giving Felix the chance to compete at the 2012 Olympic s for his home country of Grenada.

Felix put together an outstanding second day of competition, capped off by a mammoth personal-best in the 1500-meters to reach that Olympic "B" Standard. He began the day with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.91), followed by a sixth-place finish in the discus (129-2). Felix cleared 14'-1.25" in the pole vault to tie for ninth while going on to win the javelin with a mark of 218'-7" (66.62m). His career-best effort in the 1500-meters earned him a sixth-place finish  in a time of 4:35.61.

Sophomore Alexi Morton competed in the same stadium as Felix on Thursday, participating in the California Invitational "A" Heptathlon. She earned a 10 th-place finish out of 30 competitors, totaling a season-best of 4,824-points. Morton tied for fourth in the long jump (18-7.25), placed 18th in the javelin (96-2) and ran a season-best in the 800-meters (2:34.37) to place eighth in the event.

Boise State not only had Felix and Morton competing at the Mt. SAC/California Invitational Multi-Events at Azusa Pacific University, but also at the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., as well as the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Three Broncos joined Felix in earning wins on Thursday evening, with Allan Schroeder winning the Mt. SAC Relays 3000-meter steeplechase "B" race in a personal-best time of 8:54.17. Tessa Murray also earned a win, taking the Cal State L.A. 1500-meter run title in a career-best time of 4:42.17. Along with Murray, Charlie Petrie also raced at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open, winning the 5000-meters in a time of 14:55.72.

Also racing at the Mt. SAC Relays in the 3000-meter steeplechase event, Sawyer Bosch placed sixth in the men's "A" section in a season-best of 8:55.62. Zach Wiles ran in the "C" section, placing 17 th in a time of 9:19.70. For the women, Marissa VanderMalle and Kate Jette ran in the "B" section. VanderMalle placed 15th crossing the finish in 11:06.13, while Jette came in 18th with a time of 11:24.92. Shea Hanson ran in the women's "C" section, placing eighth with a career-best of 10:50.41.

Emma Bates also raced at the Mt. SAC Relays, competing in the 10000-meter "Elite" race where she ran to a 10 th-place finish. Bates ran a career-best time of 34:38.95, good for the No. 3 spot on the all-time top-three list at Boise State in the event.

Taryn Treadway and Erin McLaughlin ran in the 10000-meter "B" section late on Thursday night, placing 12th and 15th, respectively. Treadway crossed the finish in 36:23.41, while McLaughlin was just behind in 36:30.09. Scott Foley raced in the men's 10000-meter "A" section, placing fourth in 29:52.10. 

In the 1500-meters Drew O'donoghue-McDonald placed 19 th, running 3:48.30. Rici Morill and Lauren Lucas both ran career-best times in the Mt. SAC women's 1500-meters placing 79th (4:33.67) and 108th (4:40.63), respectfully.

The Broncos continue competition on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invite and the Oregon Relays. 



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