Layne Moore was nearly in tears after winning the Big 12 1,000m run on Saturday.
Feb. 27, 2010
AMES, Iowa - The Mizzou track and field program wrapped up competition at the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 27) inside the Lied Recreation Center. Tiger senior Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) highlighted the top performers on the day as he set a school and Big 12 Championship record with 5,938 points en-route to winning the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Heptathlon Championship. The Conference Championship is Adcock's second Big 12 heptathlon title and reset the school record by 143 points. He also finished 171 points ahead of the next closest competitor in the event - Moritz Cleve of Kansas State - who was the 2009 Big 12 heptathlon champion. He won three of the seven events in the competition.
"This feels so great. Now, I just need to stay healthy and get after it because I think that I have a lot left in me," Adcock said after the competition. "Last year was such a tough year because of all of the injuries; I just could never get into a consistent training schedule. But everything came together today. The high jump synched up, the pole vault was amazing and I thought I ran pretty well in the hurdles. It was nice to win the last event yesterday and come back this morning and win the first two. It really helped me pull away from everyone heading into the 1,000m run."
"Nick is just a great example of a champion," head coach Rick McGuire said. "He has worked so hard to get back to this level, and to set a meet and school record makes it that much more of an accomplishment. He is a great kid and I can't say enough about what he has done here. It was just really fun for me to see all of his hard work pay off this season. But, I think he still has a lot left in the tank moving forward."
Heading into the day with an event-leading 3,250 points after day one, Adcock blazed the short track to an event title in the 60m hurdles after clocking in at 7.98, earning him 987 points in the combined competition, his most of any of the seven events. He also shined in the pole vault after setting a personal-best of 4.90m (16-0 ¾) en-route to winning the event. That win earned him 880 points in the competition. He finished his day by running 2:44.80 in the 1,000m run to seal the victory. Teammate Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) finished fourth overall with 5,648 points, a new personal-best in the event. His best mark in the competition came yesterday in the long jump as he was measured at 7.22m (23-8 ¼). With the fourth-place nod, Rise earns his second indoor All-Big 12 honors.
Junior Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) was another highlight of the day for the Tigers as she claimed the Big 12 title in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:50.12 after running a blazing final lap to make up four positions. It is her first Big 12 title and was the second on the day for the Tigers. She also scored 10 points in the team competition for the Tigers and for a junior that had an injury-filled summer, the victory left her in tears.
"I am beyond happy right now," Moore commented after the race. "It is one of those things that you lay in bed and think about at night. It makes a horrible summer of injuries and surgeries worth everything to me. I am so happy to represent a school that has done so much for me too. There is not another program in the Big 12 that would have stuck with me and done all of the things for me that Mizzou did over the last year. The coaches and everyone involved have given me so much so I am just really happy to be able to give them a Big 12 Championship in return. This is just a dream come true."
Senior Shannon Leinert (Eureka, Mo.) had a solid performance in the 800m run as well after running to a second-place finish at 2:07.07, just three-tenths of a second behind Purity Biwott of Texas Tech. The second-place finish earns her All-Big 12 honors and gave the Tiger women eight more points in the overall team competition. Sophomore Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) had a similar performance in the men's 800m run, taking third place overall with a time of 1:50.39, earning him All-Big 12 honors for the third time in his career.
Thrower Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) took third place in the men's shot put after throwing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 18.20m (59-8 ½) to earn All-Big 12 status for the third time in his career. The mark is his best of the season to date and is the top by any Tiger this season. The third-place finish is his best ever at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Freshman Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) also earned All-Big 12 accolades after finishing eighth overall in the event with a toss of 16.93m (55-6 ½).
Sophomore Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) also had a fine day in the women's 600-yard run, clocking a time of 1:22.10 to earn fifth overall and All-Big 12 honors for the second time in her career at the distance. The fifth-place nod earned Mizzou's women four points in the overall team competition. Junior Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) earned All-Big 12 honors in the men's 600-yard run after clocking in at 1:10.32 to earn sixth place overall. The All-Big 12 honors are the second of his career during the indoor season as he was an All-Conference performer in the 1,000m run from a season ago.
Freshman Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) also scored for the Tigers at the competition, doing so with a personal-best shot put mark of 15.15m (49-8 ½), earning seventh place overall. She also earns All-Big 12 honors in the event as a true freshman and she just missed hitting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
The women's 4x400m relay team turned in a solid time of 3:41.33 to earn sixth overall, good for All-Big 12 recognition in the event. That also earned the Tiger women three points in the team competition. The men's 4x400m relay team countered by running 3:12.84, a season-best in the event and just off of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Overall, Mizzou's women finished the team competition with 35 total points, good for 10th place overall at the event. The men accumulated 39 points to finish in ninth place overall. With relay individuals included, 19 Tigers earned All-Big 12 distinction at the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Championships. Oklahoma won the men's team competition with 114 points while Texas A&M claimed the women's title with 130.5 total points.
Mizzou will return to action next weekend as several Tigers will head to Last Chance meets, which gave athletes one last shot to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13. A complete rundown of All-Big 12 honorees and Big 12 Champions for the Tigers is listed below and as always, stay tuned to MUTigers.com for all the latest on Mizzou track and field.
All-Big 12 Performers - Men - Day Two
Nick Adcock - Heptathlon - First Overall - 5,938 points
Blake Irwin - 800m Run - Third Overall (1:50.39)
Andy Oaker - Shot Put - Third Overall (18.20m)
Lars Rise - Heptathlon - Fourth Overall (5,648 points)
Chris Davis - 600-yard Run - Sixth Overall (1:10.32)
Brooks Mosier - Shot Put - Eighth Overall (16.93m)
All-Big 12 Performers - Women - Day Two
Layne Moore - 1,000m Run - First Overall (2:50.12)
Shannon Leinert - 800m Run - Second Overall (2:07.07)
Leslie Farmer - 600-yard Run - Fifth Overall (1:22.10)
Laura Roxberg - 1,000m Run - Fifth Overall (2:51.78)
Katie Evans - Shot Put - Seventh Overall (15.15m (49-8 ½)
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