Chelsea Carrier-Eades wins in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades won the heptathlon at the Texas Relays on Thursday, becoming the first woman to win the event at the meet in consecutive years.

Carrier-Eades held a commanding lead after the first four events on Wednesday and finished with 5,821 points in her first competition of the year. Florida sophomore Brittany Harrell was second with 5,608 points.

Carrier-Eades started Thursday with a 200-point lead before the final three events. She locked up the victory by winning the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches.

Texas junior Isaac Murphy won the men's decathlon with a personal-best 8,067 points, the first time he had cracked the 8,000-point barrier. Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington was second with 7,977. Boise State senior Kurt Felix, who held a two-point lead over Murphy after the first five events, faded to fourth.

Carrier-Eades, who didn't compete in the indoor season because of expired eligibility, said she performed better than she expected. She spent the winter concentrating on improving her strength to handle the jumps and throwing events.

"I'm working on things to make sure I'll be ready in three months for nationals and the Olympic trials. I just need to get my speed together," Carrier-Eades said. "This was about focusing on myself and where I want to be. I'm where I want to be but I have a lot of work to do."

Murphy said he rode the momentum of a strong 100 meters (10.47 seconds) in the first event Wednesday all the way to the end. He is the first Longhorn to win the Texas Relays decathlon since current world champion Trey Hardee in 2006.

"It means a lot carry on the legacy of Texas track and field," Murphy said. "I felt confident in every event."

Patrick Kimeli of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the men's 1,500 meters in 3 minutes, 49.03 seconds.

Leonel Manzano, a former Texas runner and U.S. Olympian in the 2008 Games, won the invitational 800 meters in 1:47.65.