Thomee Places Second, Felix Sits in Fourth at NCAA National Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Broncos Pontus Thomee and Kurt Felix represented Boise State well Thursday (June 10) on day two of the 2010 NCAA National Championship Final Round meet held in Eugene, Ore., on the campus of the University of Oregon. Thomee earned his second career All-American honor in the javelin throw, placing second with a new career-best mark, while Felix finished his first of two days of competition in the decathlon sitting in fourth-place and ahead of his career-best pace in total points. 

At UO's Hayward Field, Thomee threw a new career-best by over two feet to hit mark of 241 feet, 5 inches, finishing as the 2010 runner-up. His throw tied for the second furthest throw in the six-round competition, so a tie-break was used to place Thomee second and Washington's Kyle Nielsen in third. Thomee began the competition in 11th-place in round one, moving to ninth in the second round. In the third and final preliminary round throw he heaved a near career-best of 238 feet, 7 inches, the mark used to secure his second-place spot in the tie-break, to advance to the finals as the second-place competitor. He held onto that spot with his new career-best mark made in the fifth round of throws. Only Craig Kinsley of Brown was able to out-throw the Bronco, winning the event with a heave of 250 feet, 3 inches.

Felix began his 10-event competition with a solid first-day score of 4,032-points, putting him 28-points ahead of pace from day one of the Western Athletic Conference Championship where he set his career-best mark of 7,412-points.

Felix battled through cool and rainy conditions on Thursday, beginning the day with a 15th-place finish in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 11.26 seconds. Helping to boost his standing in the 24-person field, Felix captured a third-place finish in the long jump after recording an outdoor-best mark of 23 feet, 10.25 inches. In the third event of the day, Felix earned his second outdoor-best mark throwing 42 feet, 2.75 inches in the shot put to place 14th in the event. Proving to be a dominant jumper in the competition, Felix won the high jump, clearing a near career-best of 6 feet, 11 inches, over two-inches above the nearest competitor. In his final event of the day, Felix recorded a solid time of 50.64-seconds in the 400-meter dash to place 18th in the event and in fourth-place overall.

Oregon's Ashton Eaton leads the men's decathlon competition with 4,500-points after day one. Felix looks to chase down Clemson's Miller Moss who sits in third-place with 4,119-points, while also fending off California's Michael Morrison who holds the fifth-place spot with 4,011-points heading into day two. Felix is chasing down a top-8 finish to become the first ever All-American from Boise State in the decathlon.

Day two of the men's decathlon is slated for an 11 am (MT) start on Friday (June 11) with Felix and the field of 24 competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500-meter run.


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