WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field volunteer assistant coach Kurt Felix competed at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. The first-year volunteer coach represented his native country of Grenada and broke its heptathlon record, scoring 5,986 points to finish sixth in the world.
Felix, who also trains at Purdue with head coach Lonnie Greene and assistant coach Chris Huffins, who is in charge of jumps and multi-events, had a stellar first day at the meet last Friday. In his first event, the 60-meter dash, Felix ran a person-best time of 7.00 seconds to earn 882 points. His time was the fastest in the first heat and put him in fourth place after one event.
The 2012 decathlon NCAA champion and Olympian next moved to the long jump. There, he improved on all three jumps, opening with a leap of 7.22 meters (23-8.25). His second jump was seven centimeters farther, giving him a distance of 23 feet, 11 inches. Felix’s final attempt was his best of the day, leaping 7.45m (24-5.25) to earn him 922 points and keep him in fourth place after two events, just 61 points behind second place.
Felix surged into second place after winning the final two events of the day. The 2014 Common Wealth Games decathlon bronze medalist threw a season best in the shot put, recording a distance of 15.02m (49-3.25) to earn 791 points. That bumped into third place overall through three events. The final event of the day was the high jump. Felix opened at 1.99m (6-6.25) and cleared on his first attempt. He would also clear 2.02m (6-7.50) on his first attempt, before coming up clutch with three final-attempt jumps. Felix cleared 2.05m (6-8.75), 2.08m (6-10.00) and 2.11m (6-11.00) all on his final attempts at each height and earned 906 points. His final clearance was a season best and helped him score 56 more points in the event than anyone else in the field. After one day, Felix was second with 3,501 points and just 63 points behind the defending champion and world-record holder Ashton Eaton of the United States.
Saturday, Felix started with the 60-meter hurdles, where he ran a time of 8.34 seconds and earned 898 points. He then cleared 4.50m (14-9.25) in the pole vault to earn 760 points and wrapped up the competition with the 1,000-meter run, where he posted a season-best time of 2:44.23 to earn 827 points. Felix, who has already qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished with 5,986 points breaking the Grenada national record by 211 points in the seven-event competition.
Felix returned to West Lafayette Sunday night and rejoined the Boilermakers as they returned from their spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. Purdue continues its outdoor season March 30th with the four-day Texas Relays.