By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Rice junior All-American decathlete Scott Filip set a lifetime best with 7876 points to win individual gold and help lead the USA track & field squad to a team victory over Germany Saturday evening at the 2016 Thorpe Cup.
Filip, from Bloomingdale, Ill., led from start to finish, backing up his 4298 points on Friday with 3578 more points on Saturday at the University of Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field. Filip helped lead a USA charge in which the Americans dominated Germany, claiming the top five individual spots in the standings en route to a 38,845.0-37,427.0 team victory.
After setting two personal records on Friday, Filip followed that performance by setting two more PR’s Saturday beginning with a seventh place finish of 14.92 in the 110m hurdles in which he placed seventh overall.
Filip then set a PR in the discus with a throw of 39.47m (129-6.00) to finish 10th overall and collect another 654 points. After a fifth place performance in the pole vault (4.75m/15-7.00) and a 12th place finish in the javelin (48.33m/158-6.00), Filip sat atop the individual leaderboard with just the 1500m remaining. A fourth place finish of 4:42.18 earned Filip just enough points (667) to stave off USA’s Harrison Williams (7849 points).
After missing the 2016 Rice track & field season due to Tommy John surgery, Filip returned to competition this summer better than ever by winning gold at the Thorpe Cup and Pan Am Combined Events Cup, in addition to placing 10th overall in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon.