Felix Wins Decathlon, Three Named All-Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State earned their first championship title and three all-conference honors on Thursday (May 10) at the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Air Force Academy. Senior Kurt Felix was dominant in the decathlon capturing the 10-event title with 7,757-points at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Alexi Morton finished the heptathlon in second-place with a season-best 4,860-points, while Trevor Kraychir and Will Lohman placed second and fourth, respectively, in the hammer throw.

Boise State’s men lead the team competition with a total of 23-points, just ahead of Air Force who has 20-points. Colorado State sits in third (13 points), while New Mexico is fourth (12 points) and Wyoming is fifth (10 points).

Boise State’s women sit in third-place with eight points, while San Diego State leads the team total with 10-points, while Wyoming sits in second with nine points. UNLV sits in fourth with six points, while Colorado State sits in fifth (5 points) and Air Force in sixth (1 point).

Felix began the day with a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.90-seconds), followed by a 119’-3” effort in the discus, good for fourth-place. He had an excellent day in the pole vault, clearing an outdoor best of 14’-7.25” and tying for sixth-place. Feeding off of his pole vault performance Felix went out and won the javelin by nearly 43-feet on his first throw. The St. David’s, Grenada native, passed his second and throws after he hit a mark of 228’-7”, a near career-best, to win his fifth event of the decathlon. Leading the decathlon field by a comfortable margin, Felix could coast through the 1500-meters, which he ran in 5:15.60 to place eighth.

Morton, a sophomore, tallied a season-best total of 4,860-points in her second-place effort in the heptathlon. She began day two sitting in third, but used a second-place finish in the long jump (18-3.75) to move her to the second spot. Her javelin efforts earned her a fourth-place finish in the event after a best throw of 94’-3”. She closed out her seven-event competition with a season-best 2:33.78 in the 800-meters, placing sixth. San Diego State’s Allison Reaser won the women’s heptathlon with her 5,653-point total.

Kraychir unleashed a season-best throw in the final round of the hammer to capture the second-place finish. His throw of 193’-6” was nearly four-feet better than any other throw this season and good for all-conference honors. Lohman snagged a fourth-place finish in the hammer, throwing 186’-11” on his second throw of the day.

Day three of the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship begins Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. (MT) with the women’s hammer throw. The women’s steeplechase kicks-off the running events Friday at 1 p.m.

For full meet results, go to: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012_outdoor/

The Mountain West Championship Central can be found out: http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2012.html

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