By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, Ore. - Rice redshirt junior Scott Filip collected 4215 points in the decathlon on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships and will enter the final five events on Thursday in seventh place overall.
Filip, from Bloomgindale, Ill., began the day with a seventh place finish (10.71) in the 100m before setting a lifetime best mark of 7.58m (24-10.50) in the long jump to place fifth overall and earn a day's-best 955 points. Over Filip's final three events he placed 12th in the shot put (13.27m/43-6.50), ninth in the high jump (1.95m/6-4.75) and fifth in the 400m (48.35).
Filip, who earned First Team All-Americans honors with an eighth place finish in the decathlon at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, trails Luca Wieland (Minnesota-4440 points), Devon Williams (Georgia-4354 points), Lindon Victor (Texas A&M-4349 points), Steven Bastien (Michigan-4287 points), Karl Saluri (Georgia-4247 points) and Hunter Veith (Wichita St.-4242 points).
The decathlon will pick back up on Thursday beginning with the 110m hurdles at 12:30 p.m. (CT). Other events will include the discus (1:20 p.m.), pole vault (2:30 p.m.), javelin (5 p.m.) and 1500m (8:56 p.m.). All action can be seen on the WatchESPN app.
In addition to Filip, redshirt junior thrower Austin Riddle earned All-American Honorable mention honors for a second consecutive year with an 18th place finish in the hammer throw. Riddle, from Houston, had consecutive throws of 64.41m (211-4), 64.47m (211-6) and 64.94m (213-1).
Riddle qualified for Eugene with a sixth place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA West Prelims and established a new Rice record of 67.69m (222-1) earlier in the season at the Texas Relays.