April 15, 2005
AZUSA, Calif. - University of New Mexico junior Dan Feltman recorded personal records in four of his five events on Thursday to finish sixth in the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon, which was held on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. Feltman recorded a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying score of 7,278 in his first multi-event competition since the 2004 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships.
The Deming native missed the entire indoor season after suffering a quadriceps injury during the first event of his season-opening heptathlon competition in late January. On Thursday, however, Feltman proved that he was healthy and ready to take his place as one of the top decathletes in the country.
Feltman opened the day with a pair of personal records in the 110-meter hurdles (15.50) and discus (125-04), then shattered his previous best in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-01.00. While several feet short of his PR, Feltman recorded the second-best javelin throw of the day with a mark of 189-06. He finished strong in the final event, shaving six seconds off his previous best in the 1,500 with a time of 4:46.29.
Minnesota's Travis Brandstatter, the reigning Big 10 decathlon champion, won the two-day competition with a NCAA automatic qualifying score of 7,641. Feltman finished fourth among the collegiate competitors and was two points out of fifth place. He improved by 256 points on his previous best score of 7,022, set last May at the MWC Outdoor Championships. In 2004, teammate Mark Johnson's top score of 7,325 earned him the No. 22 seed in the field of 26 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.