By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, Ore. – Rice redshirt junior Scott Filip finished fifth overall in the decathlon at Thursday’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. and in the process earned USTFCCCA Outdoor First Team All-American honors for the second time in his illustrious career.
"I was just focusing on myself before the 1500m," said Filip. "I knew that I needed to PR in the race or run near it and I just gave it my all. There were a couple of bumps along the way in some events but I did my best to keep a level head and continue to compete."
Filip, a native of Bloomingdale, Ill., totaled 7867 points over 10 events and finished in the top 10 in eight events. After entering the day in seventh place (4215 points), Filip collected an additional 3652 points on Thursday highlighted by a seventh place finish in the 1500m (4:40.26) in which he surpassed two athletes to place fifth overall.
“That was an awesome 1500,” Rice men’s T&F head coach Jon Warren said. “We were hoping that, if he had a good run there, he could move up from seventh to sixth. He pushed it to the line and took fifth place by one point. In the 1500m that is about .18 of a second. His two days he had some good and great performances. His efforts really showed in the 100 hurdles, long jump and javelin. This was one of the greatest field ever assembled at the NCAA Championships in the decathlon and Scott really came through.”
Filip began Thursday with a ninth place result in the 110m hurdles (14.70), followed by a 20th place finish in the discus (36.97m/121-3) and a 10th place finish in the pole vault (4.61m/15-1.50). Prior to his 1500m performance Filip scored 691 points in the javelin, placing eighth with a throw of 56.89m (186-7) on his final attempt.
Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor took gold in the decathlon with 8390 points, followed by Doug Williams (Georgia-8181 points), Luca Wieland (Minnesota-8146 points) and Steve Bastien (Michigan-8015 points). Filip passed Wichita State’s Hunter Veith (6th-7866 points) by one point on the final event.