May 11, 2005
FORT COLLINS, Colo.- Persistent rain showers did little to dampen Dan Feltman's performance on the first day of the men's decathlon at the 2005 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Jack Christiansen Track. The University of New Mexico junior scored 3,724 points in the first five events, winning the shot put and 400-meter dash to stake a 106-point lead over BYU senior Devin Howe. Freshman teammate Derek McDonald is in fourth place (3,464 pts.), while senior Jason Bigott is ninth (2,974) midway through their first collegiate decathlon.
In the women's heptathlon, meanwhile, sophomore Stefany Setliff tallied 2,434 points through the first four events to finish the day in11th place.
Ranked No. 1 in the conference and 12th in the nation entering the meet, Feltman got off to a quick start this afternoon, finishing second in the 100-meter dash with a career-best (altitude adjusted) time of 11.10. After another second place effort in the long jump (21-05.50), the 6-4 Deming, N.M. native dominated the shot put field with a toss of 44-01.25. Feltman lost some ground in one of his weaker events, placing sixth in the high jump (6-00.50), but came right back to take win the 400 with an adjusted time of 50.05.
McDonald, meanwhile, helped New Mexico athletes win four of the day's five events with a victorious leap of 22-08.50 in the long jump. The Albuquerque Eldorado High School product finished third in the 100 (altitude adjusted 11.22) and also placed third in the high jump (6-05.00) to put himself 34 points out of third place entering day two.
Feltman and McDonald open Thursday's competition with one of their best events, the 110-meter hurdles, before competing in the discus and pole vault. If he can maintain his pace, Feltman could help his title chances significantly with a strong performance in his specialty, the javelin, before the competition concludes with the 1,500-meter run.