March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - With one event left in the heptathlon at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships, senior Lars Rise (Trodheim, Norway) found himself in fourth place. Rise was sitting in the middle of a logjam - 62 points separated the second place and seventh place competitors. Rise ran a huge five-second personal-best of 2:40.92 for 863 points in the 1,000m run to jump over two competitors and finish the event as the national runner-up. His mark is also a Norwegian record as it is the best score ever by a Norwegian in the heptathlon.
"This was one of the most intense and competitive heptathlon fields at the NCAA Championships in recent memory, and for Lars to place second overall is an amazing accomplishment," associate head coach Dan Lefever said. "He used a huge personal-best in the 1,000m run to move into second in the final event of the competition. I couldn't be more proud of him right now."
The final race capped an impressive two days for Rise in which he set new personal-bests in five of the seven events comprising the heptathlon and matched a personal-best in another event. Rise's score of 5,902 points is a massive personal-best and ranks him second on the all-time heptathlon list at Mizzou (trailing only Nick Adcock). His previous best was 5,756 points set at the 2011 Big 12 Championships just two weeks ago. Miller Moss of Clemson won the event with 5,986 points while Romain Martin of the University of Texas-Arlington finished third with 5,897.
Rise entered the day in third place, very much in striking distance of first. The first event was the 60m hurdles and despite a new personal-best of 8.32, good for 903 points, Rise remained in third, 160 points back of leader Mantas Kilkauskas of Kansas State. In the next event - the pole vault - Rise matched his previous personal-best, clearing 4.70m (15-5) for 819 points in the event and moved into fourth place. Rise used a seventh-place finish in the final event to pass two competitors and finish the day and competition in second place overall.
Rise entered the competition ranked fifth in the nation while Moss was the No. 1 ranked competitor going into the competition. Rise earned his fourth All-American distinction with the runner-up finish. Rise finished in fifth place with 5,710 points at last year's Indoor NCAA Championships. Rise's finish marks the fourth year in a row a Mizzou athlete has finished as an All-American in the heptathlon. Former Mizzou athlete Nick Adcock finished in fourth in 2008, 2009 and 2010. His score is also the best ever by a Tiger at the NCAA Championships.
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