Felix Earns a 13th-Place Finish in the NCAA Decathlon Competition

EUGENE, Ore. - Boise State junior Kurt Felix concluded his first trip to the NCAA National Championship meet on Friday (June 11) wrapping up day two of the men's decathlon at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. Felix completed the 10-event competition with 7,275-points, good for a 13th-place finish out of a field of 24 athletes.  

The first-year Bronco had an up and down day, successful in some of his five events and struggling in others. He began the day off with the 110-meter hurdles, running a near career-best of 15.31-seconds to place 20th in the event. In event number six of the 10, Felix survived a bit of a scare, recording only one of his three attempts in the discus throw. After fouling the first throw, he got off a toss of 117 feet, 10 inches, a respectable mark for the junior, before fouling his third and final throw. Felix's throw was good for 18th out of the 22 remaining competitors.

Felix's biggest struggle of the day came in the pole vault where he only cleared a height of 11 feet, 1.75 inches, well under his career-best of 13 feet, 9.25 inches he jumped during the indoor season. His jump earned him a 21st-place finish in the event. Moving on to the javelin, Felix earned his second event win in the two day competition with a throw of 206 feet, 8 inches. Although the throw was not his best, it was commendable still and added to his high jump event win on day one. In the final event of the competition, Felix ran a time of 4 minutes, 51.65 seconds in the 1500-meter run to finish in 17th-place.

Felix's final score of 7,275-points was well under his career-best total of 7,412-points set at the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championships a month ago. On Wednesday he set an outdoor-best in the long jump and shot put, as well as, a near career-best in the high jump. Although after holding a fourth-place spot after day one, Felix's struggles on day two dropped him to 13th overall. This highest a Bronco has ever place in the decathlon at national's is 10th, done by Brian Davidson in 1996.

The St. David's, Grenada native has more opportunities to shine on the national stage with one more year of competition outdoors, as well as, two years of indoor competition.

Felix was the final of three Broncos to compete at the 2010 NCAA National Championship Final Round with senior Pontus Thomee placing second in the javelin and senior Zacharias Arnos earning an 11th-place finish in the triple jump. The meet, which concludes Saturday (June 12), is the final competition for the Broncos this season.

Felix's Final Scores:
100-meters: 15th, 11.26 seconds (804 points)
Long Jump: 3rd, 23-10.25 (878 points) Outdoor Best
Shot Put: 14th, 42-2.75 (659 points) Outdoor Best
High Jump: 1st, 6-11.0 (9.06 points)
400-meters: 18th, 50.64 seconds (785 points)
Day One Total: 4th, 4,032 points

110-meter hurdles: 20 th, 15.31 seconds (812 points)
Discus Throw: 18th, 117-10 (582 points)
Pole Vault: 21st, 11-1.75 (457 points)
Javelin Throw: 1st, 206-8 (783 points)
1500-meters: 17th, 4:51.65 (609 points)
Day Two Total: 13th, 7,275 points

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