Lars Rise (lane six) prepares for the decathlon 400m dash.
June 10, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - Tiger decathletes Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) and Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) sit in seventh- and eighth-place, respectively, in the men's decathlon after wrapping up day one of the event at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday (June 10). Rise used an event-winning shot put of 15.62m (51-3) to score 828 points, anchoring his first-day total of 3,915. Adcock used a strong showing in the 400m dash - he clocked 49.01 to earn 461 points in the team competition - to score a five-event total of 3,912, just three points back of his teammate.
"Overall this is just an Incredible decathlon competition," head coach Rick McGuire said following the meet. "From second to 14th, pretty much all of those guys are right in it, so it should be exciting. Typically both Nick and Lars are very good competitors and they showed that today. But what makes them great competitors is that that they usually have very strong second days and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do tomorrow."
Oregon's Ashton Eaton leads the overall competition with 4,500 points through the first five events which is an NCAA first-day decathlon record. Trinity Otto of Texas A&M and Miller Moss of Texas A&M round out the event's top three after day one of competition. In all, second place and 10th place are separated by just 376 points. Action in the decathlon will resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (PT) and Noon (CT).
Adcock and Rise opened the day in the 100m dash in a slight drizzle. Rise ran in the first heat and clocked a time of 11.19 to place fourth in his heat and 11th overall in the event. Adcock was next up as he ran in lane eight in the second of three heats. He finished in 11.20 to earn 817 points in the overall competition.
Next up was the long jump. Adcock was the first Tiger to jump and turned in a big mark, but he just clipped the foul line on the toe board and the jump was called back. In his next jump, Adcock played it safe and tallied a mark at 6.62m (21-8 ¾) before turning in his best jump of the day on his final attempt at 7.02m (23-0 ½). Rise jumped 6.90m (22-7 ¾) in his first jump of the competition before fouling in his final two attempts. Adcock earned 818 points in the long jump and added 790 points to his event total.
The 24 decathletes then moved to the shot put where Rise dominated. His opening-round throw was 14.68m (48-2) and stood as the event leader after the first round of throws, and no one beat that mark through the next two rounds. But that didn't stop Rise from trying to improve his mark as he tossed 14.95m (49-0 ¾) before uncorking his event-winning throw of 15.62m (51-3) on his final attempt. That mark scored him 828 points in the overall competition and ranked him fourth heading into the final two events of the day. Adcock threw 13.15m (43-1 ¾) in his second attempt in the event to place ninth in the flight and earn 676 points.
Heading into the high jump, Rise stood in fourth place overall while Adcock ranked ninth. Adcock made up some ground on his teammate and the rest of the field in the high jump as he cleared 1.93m (6-4) to earn 740 points in the event. Rise cleared two less progressions at 1.87m (6-1 ½) to tally 687 points.
The final decathlon event of the day was the 400m dash and Adcock turned in his top performance of the day after clocking in at 49.01 to add 861 points to his overall score. He was fifth in his heat, which was the fastest of the three heats. Rise countered with a time of 50.51, just off of his personal-best time of 50.22 which he ran earlier this season at the Mt. SAC Combined Events. That time scored him 791 points in the overall team competition.
The decathlon will resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (PT) with the 110m hurdles. The javelin, discus, pole vault and 1,500m run will all be contested on the final day of the decathlon. The 1,500m run, which will be the final event in the decathlon, will be contested at 6:15 p.m. (PT) tomorrow. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field and the Tiger decathletes, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
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