Adcock reset his own 60m hurdle school record en-route to claiming the heptahtlin title.
Jan. 29, 2010
AMES, Iowa - After earning third place through the first day of the multi event competition on Thursday (Jan. 28), Mizzou track and field senior Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) earned the Bill Bergan heptathlon title with an NCAA automatic qualifying point total of 5,758, five points ahead of second-place R.J. McGinnis of Minnesota. The heptathlon title is the first of the season for Adcock, who was competing in his first multi event competition of the season. The automatic qualifying mark is also the first of the season by any Tiger in 2010. Adcock made up a 117-point deficit in three events on the day to earn the event title.
En-route to his heptathlon title, Adcock reset his school record in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 7.99, topping his mark of 8.01, which he set last weekend at the Adidas Classic. That mark earned him 984 points in the competition; the most points earned in any event by any heptathlon competitor at the Bill Bergan combined events.
After totaling 3,127 points through four events in day one's competition yesterday, Adcock made a charge up the standings on Friday, due in large part to his 60m hurdles time. He also added 804 points to his total in the pole vault after clearing a personal-best height of 4.65m (15-3). He also finished just three seconds shy of a personal-best in the 1,000m run, clocking in at 2:42.73, earning 843 points in the competition.
The Tiger women also competed in the pentathlon at the Bill Bergan combined events, highlighted by a fourth-place finish from Lauren Begany (Fenton, Mo.) as she posted 3,307 points in the competition. Although she placed fourth in the event, she was the second collegiate finisher as the first two spots were claimed by post-collegians. Begany clocked in at 9.39 in the 60m hurdles and 2:38.31 in the 800m run to score 1,422 points on the track. Her time of 9.39 in the hurdles earned her 830 points, her best point total in any event on the day. She followed her performance on the track by clearing 1.58m (5-2 ¼) to earn 712 points in the event. She also jumped 5.29m (17-4 ¼) in the long jump, adding 640 points to her total and threw the shot put 10.05m (32-11 ¾), good for 533 points.
True freshman Kelcy Vanarsdall (Buckner, Mo.) also competed in the pentathlon, taking sixth-place overall and ranking as the fourth collegian in the event with 2,964 points. Vanarsdall clocked in at 10.02 in the 60m hurdles and 2:24.64 in the 800m run to combine for 1,470 points on the track. Her best field event was the shot put as she threw 10.05m (32-11 ¾) to earn 533 points. Vanarsdall cleared 1.40m (4-7) in the high jump and jumped 4.51m (14-9 ¾) to round out her competition.
The rest of the Tigers will compete in the Bill Bergan Invitational tomorrow, starting at 10:30 a.m. MUTigers.com will offer a live blog at the meet and be sure to check back for a complete recap of tomorrow's action.
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