March 9, 2011
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Both Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) and Brian Hancock (Monroe City, Mo.) are set for the 2011 NCAA Indoor National Track and Field Championships, which will begin this Friday (March 11) in College Station, Texas. Rise will open his heptathlon competition at noon on Friday with the 60m hurdles while Hancock will compete in the men's pole vault final at 4:30 p.m. on Friday as well. Rise will continue the men's heptathlon at noon on Saturday.
Both Rise and Hancock are three-time All-Americans and the seniors will look to add a fourth to their names this weekend, but both have the potential to win their respective events. Rise enters the heptathlon competition as the No. 5 overall seed and the leader - Clemson's Miller Moss - sits just 147 points ahead of Rise on the national descending order list, making the heptathlon one of the most wide-open fields in the event. Contrary to years past, there is no clear-cut favorite in the event this season and Rise is certainly capable of walking away with the title.
Rise owns a season-best mark of 5,756 points in the heptathlon, which is a personal best as he has put together one of this finest seasons in black and gold. He already ranks second on Mizzou' heptathlon list and with a big meet this weekend, could take over the top spot from former Tiger Nick Adcock. He has set personal-bests in the 60m hurdles, 60m dash, high jump, pole vault and shot put this season already and has just missed his personal-best in the 1,000m run. His strength is in the shot put, so look for Rise to gain separation from the field in that event this weekend.
Hancock, who stands about 5-3, has cleared heights in the pole vault that only few people of his height in the world have cleared. He reset his own school record in the pole vault this season after clearing 5.38m (17-7 ¾), earning him the No. 10 seed at this weekend's championships. He sits just one progression shy of the event leader - Scott Roth of Washington. In fact, the 16 vaulters in the competition are separated by one height progression as any of the 16 competitors could win with just one good vault.
For a complete recap of the meet, stay tuned to MUTigers.com this weekend and be sure to follow the team on twitter @MIZ_TrackField.