By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EUGENE, OR -- Rice sophomore decathlete Scott Filip earned 4176 points and will enter day two of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in third place following a well-rounded performance Wednesday at Hayward Field.
Filip sits just 54 points back of Arizona's Pau Tonnesen (4230 points) for first place and 33 points behind Georgia's Maicel Uibo (4209 points) for second place.
"Scott had a day that he should be real happy about," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "He seemed to be having fun and he was able to post a really good score by having consistent success. He only had one personal best, but he was solid in all events. I hope he has as much fun tomorrow as he did today."
Filip, from Bloomingdale, Ill., began the afternoon in style by setting a personal best time of 10.74 in the 100m dash to place second overall and earn 919 points. Only Mississippi State's Zach Taylor (10.66) finished ahead of Filip. In his next event Filip placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 7.32m and took the overall lead after two events.
Filip proceeded to finish ninth (13.06m) and seventh (1.99) in the shot put and high jump, respectively, followed by a fourth place (48.17) performance in the 400m dash to close the day.
On Thursday Filip will be looking to become the Owls' 14th different NCAA Outdoor champion and the first since Jason Colwick won the pole vault in 2009. Ryan Harlan won a decathlon national title for the Owls in 2004 with 8171 points.
Day two of the decathlon will begin with the 110m hurdles at 12 p.m. (CT). That event will be followed by the discus (1 p.m.), pole vault (3 p.m.), javelin (5:15 p.m.) and 1500m run (8:28 p.m.).