April 13, 2005
AZUSA, Calif. - University of New Mexico junior Dan Feltman got off to a good start in his first decathlon of the year, settling into a solid sixth place through five events in the Mt. SAC Relays section being held at Asuza Pacific University today. Feltman recorded the second-best shot put mark of the day, a personal record 45-10.50, en route to a day one score of 3,725.
The Deming, N.M. native is 52 points out of fourth place and on pace for a strong NCAA provisional qualifying score with two of his strongest events, the 110-meter hurdles and javelin, on the schedule tomorrow. North Dakota State's Andrew Aakre leads the 11-man field with a first day score of 3,944.
Feltman missed all of the 2005 indoor season after injuring his quadriceps muscle during his first event of the year, but started strong this afternoon with a time of 11.33 in the 100. He then tied his PR in the long jump, recording a mark of 22-05.75, before his fine performance in the shot put. A clearance of just 5-10.75 in the high jump hurt his point total, but Feltman rallied in the final event of day, clocking the second-fastest 400 time of the day (50.24) to pick up some lost ground.
Feltman recorded a career-best and national provisional qualifying total of 7,022 last year at the Mountain West Conference Championships, but was left out of the NCAA Championship field. The Mt. SAC Relays decathlon resumes tomorrow with the 110m hurldes, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters on tap.