April 21, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou combined event standout Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Tuesday (April 20). Rise earns the award after winning the Mt. SAC Combined Events decathlon with a total of 7,693 points last weekend. That mark ranks him second in the nation this season and sixth in the world according to IAAF. For Rise, the weekly Big 12 Conference honor is the first of his career.
Rise is the first Mizzou student-athlete to be honored as Big 12 Athlete of the Week this season and he is the first to take home the honor since former Tiger thrower Chris Rohr earned the distinction back on Feb. 17, 2009. He is also the first Tiger combined event athlete to earn the award since Hans Uldal was named Athlete of the Week back on April 18, 2006, after he claimed the Audrey J. Walton Combined Events Carnival title. Rise is also the first Big 12 combined event athlete to earn this distinction during the 2010 outdoor season.
Rise had an outstanding week in Azusa, Calif., as he and teammate Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) claimed the top two spots in a field of 52 decathletes. Over the two-day event, Rise, a three-time All-American, tallied personal-best marks in four different events, doing so in the javelin, high jump, 400m dash and 1,500m run. He also claimed the decathlon shot put title and finished as the runner-up in the long jump and javelin.
On the first day of competition at Mt. SAC, Rise finished the first five events in first place with 4,061 points. He claimed the shot put decathlon title with a throw of 15.74m (51-7 ¾), earning him 835 total points, giving him 60 points of separation over the next-best competitor in the event. He also finished second in the long jump after measuring in at 7.26m (23-10) to add 876 points to his score. He also clocked in at 11.25 in the 100m dash, was paced at 50.22 in the 400m dash and cleared 1.93m (6-4) in the high jump.
After totaling 4,061 on day one Wednesday, Rise opened Thursday's competition by clocking in at 15.20 in the 110m hurdles to add 825 points to his total. He then threw 36.76m (120-7) in the discus for 599 points and turned in a javelin throw of 59.86m (196-5), a personal-best in the event. That mark added 736 points to his overall total. He closed the day by clearing 4.50m (14-9) in the pole vault and clocking in at 4:35.09 in the 1,500m run to combine for 1,472 points. In all, Rise set four personal-bests in the competition.
Mizzou track and field will return to action this weekend as it heads to the Drake Relays. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.