By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EUGENE, OR -- Rice sophomore Scott Filip became the third men's track and field athlete to earn USTFCCCA First-Team All-American honors in the last two years by placing eighth in the decathlon Thursday evening at Hayward Field.
Filip set a new PR with 7647 points, surpassing his previous best mark of 7632 points set earlier this season while winning the decathlon at the C-USA Outdoor Championships. The Bloomingdale, Ill. native joined Evan Karakolis (7th- javelin, 2014) and Chris Pillow (7th- pole vault, 2014) as Owls to earn first-team All-American honors in the last two years.
"Scott had a big personal best in the 1500 today," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "His toughness and resilience was evident in the way he performed today. I am very excited for him and so is he."
The sophomore became the first Owl to earn first-team all-American honors in the decathlon since Ryan Harlan won the title in 2004. Filip also earned USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American honors during the indoor season by placing 14th in the heptathlon at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Filip, who had a sensational opening day and entered Thursday in third place, placed 16th in the 110m hurdles (15.59) and 14th in the discus (37.94m/124-06.00) for his first two events. He bounced back with a sixth place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 4.80m (15-09.00). Filip finished the evening by placing 16th in the javelin (47.01m/154-02.00) and 14th in the 1500m (4:40.80).