Mountain West Announces Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year

June 14, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State's Kurt Felix and TCU's Whitney Gipson have been selected as the Mountain West Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Hailing from St. Davids, Grenada, Felix was crowned national champion in the men's decathlon at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 7 in Des Moines, Iowa. The senior scored a Mountain West record 8,062 points over two days of action to win the 10-event competition. Felix, who won the event by a 106-point margin, became the first Boise State student-athlete to win a NCAA title or become an All-American in the decathlon.

Gipson, from Newark, Texas, won the women's long jump title last weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, posting a mark of 22'-4.25" (6.82m). The senior's jump ranks second all-time in Mountain West history. Gipson became the first female student-athlete in TCU history to win an outdoor crown.

The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of outdoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.