Jan. 26, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior Dan Feltman held his own today against an elite field of competitors on the first day of the Zia Classic men's heptathlon at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Feltman finished the day in fourth place (2,874) through four events, while Texas All-American Trey Hardee leads the competition with 3,477 points. UNM senior Jason Bigott is currently 12th in his third career heptathlon. The women's pentathlon gets underway at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning with the first of the final three events of the heptathlon beginning at 11. Admission is free on Friday.
Feltman, who finished 16th in the decathlon at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, got off to a solid start with a time of 7.28 (5th - 785 pts.) in the 60, just off his career best. He finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 21-11.00 (739) and placed a strong third in the shot put with a personal record toss of 44-03.25 (697). The Deming, N.M. native capped the afternoon by matching his PR in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet even (T8th - 653).
Feltman trails Kevin Johnson of Colorado State by 47 points with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run on the schedule tomorrow. Bigott, a MWC heptathlon finalist last year, has a score of 2,256 through four events.
The Texas duo of Hardee and Donovan Kilmartin were the story of the day, however, in their first heptathlon competitions of the year. Hardee, the 2005 NCAA decathlon champion, blazed to a time of 6.73 to win the 60, smashed his old PR with a winning long jump mark of 25-04.50, and captured the shot put with a mark of 46-11.50. Kilmartin, meanwhile, won the high jump with a leap of 6-07.00 and was second in the 60 (7.09), long jump (24-03.50) and shot put (46-08.75). Kilmartin, last year's national runner-up in the heptathlon, entered the meet ranked No. 1 by Trackwire while Hardee was No. 2.