By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Rice junior All-American decathlete Scott Filip stood out among the rest on day one of the 2016 Thorpe Cup, collecting 4298 points while representing USA Track & Field to take the overall individual lead in the 14-man field.
Filip, who placed 10th in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials, won his first two events on Friday at the University of Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. The Bloomingdale, Ill. native began the evening by setting a lifetime best time of 10.63 in the 100m dash, followed by another personal record in the long jump with a distance of 7.57m (24-10.00).
Filip also placed third and fourth in the high jump (2.02m/6-7.50) and 400m (49.07), respectively.
In addition, USA holds an overall team lead of 20475.0-1943.0 points.
The Thorpe Cup is an international track and field competition between USA and Germany, whose teams are composed of up to seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon. Athletes receive a predetermined number of points based upon their performances in each of the events in the decathlon and heptathlon. The top five men’s and top three women’s scores are added together to determine the overall men’s and women’s team winners.
Filip will be back in action on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. with the 110m hurdles.