June 12, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After a grueling, nearly nine-hour competition, Tiger decathlete Lars Rise battled the elements and 21 other competitors over two days to finish his 2009 track season as an All-American for the second straight year on day two of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Both Rise and Kaela Rorvig took center stage for the Tigers on Thursday, as Rorvig began her quest for a top-eight finish in the heptathlon, while Rise would complete his march toward a Mizzou all-time personal best in the decathlon with a fifth place finish.
Just as the day before, Rise had the best second day of his Missouri career overall, putting him in prime position for a top eight finish. What he didn't know was that he was on pace to not only finish better than he did last year, but go on to have one of the best decathlon performances in Mizzou history. Rise thrived in the javelin and discus finishing in second with throws of 193 feet, two inches (58.89 meters) and 151 feet (46.04 meters) respectively, and the pole vault finishing tied for ninth clearing 15 feet, one inch (4.60 meters).
Rise's final point total of 7776 is more than 200 points better than his total last year, and now puts him at second place all time in Missouri history in the Decathlon behind Hans Uldal. The point total is also 24 points off of the standards for the world championships. For his efforts, Rise also earned four points for the Tiger men's squad.
After four events, Rorvig is in 23rd place in the Heptathlon with 3122 points and with a strong performance on Friday, could also eclipse her previous best in the event of 5372 points from two weeks ago at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. She came close to setting personal bests in the shot put, and 100-meter hurdles and had one of the best first day's in her career. Rorvig will begin day two with an event she participated in at the regional level, the long jump and another of her stronger events in the 800-meter run.
Friday will mark the final day of competition for the Tigers, as Rorvig completes the last three events of the Heptathlon, while Chris Rohr, Krishna Lee and Brian Hancock will look to return to Columbia with more hardware in the men's and women's hammer throw and pole vault. Tomorrow's coverage of day three of the championships will begin at Noon with video coverage at http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=ncaa&media=129517 and CBS College Sports at 7 p.m, with live results at FlashResults.com.
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