After totaling 5,758 points en-route to the Bill Bergan Combined Events heptathlon title last week, Mizzou track and field senior Nick Adcock has found himself ranked second in the nation in the event. According to this week's USTFCCCA weekly event rankings, Adcock trails only 2008 decathlon National Champion Ashton Eaton of Oregon and he is one of only four student-athletes in the nation to have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships at this point of the season.
His point total is the second-best total in school history, just shy of his school-record mark of 5,795. The event title also marked his first heptathlon title of the season.
What is even more impressive about Adcock's accomplishment is that he set three personal-bests and a school record en-route to the event title. His time of 7.99 in the 60m hurdles is a school record and earned him 984 heptathlon points, more than any other competitor in any other event at the competition. Of the world's current top 20 heptathlon competitors, only one - Cory Holman of Georgia - has a better 60m hurdles time that Adcock does. In fact, when the IAAF Heptathlon World Top 20 list is updated later this week, Adcock will likely rank in the world's top 10 with his mark from last week, making him one of the top heptathletes on the planet in 2010.
Adcock also set personal-bests in the pole vault (4.65m) and the long jump (6.97m) at the Bill Bergan Combined Events. With Adcock posting this high of a score only four weeks into the season, the next six weeks of the indoor season will prove to be very exciting for Adcock and the Mizzou track and field program.