By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
OTTAWA – Rice junior All-American Scott Filip racked up a career-best 7726 points while representing the United States to capture gold and win the decathlon at the Pan American Combined Events Cup Saturday at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.
The Pan Am Cup is a fixture on the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge Series which brings together the best decathletes in the western hemisphere.
Aside from USA teammates Tim Ehrhardt and Michael Morrison, Filip competed against world-class athletes such as Grenada’s 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist and 2015 World Championships participant Kurt Felix.
Filip, from Bloomingdale, Ill., surpassed his previous PR of 7647 points at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships when he placed eighth overall to earn First Team All-American honors. He returned to competition this weekend after missing the entire 2016 collegiate track and field season while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
"It is a great benchmark to work from after a year off from competing," Filip said. "It was an honor to represent Rice and my country on an international level and put up a personal best score."
In total, Filip recorded three second place finishes, two of which came on Friday with the 100m dash (10.79) and long jump (7.42m). Filip also posted a second place finish in the pole vault (4.75m) on Saturday and ended competition on Friday with a third place result in the 400m (48.20).
In addition, Filip set PR’s in the 110 hurdles (15.10) and the discus throw (38.41m).