June 1, 2010
Complete List of NCAA Second Round Participants
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program has qualified four student-athletes for the Second Round of the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore., from June 9-12. Earning spots for Mizzou are Nick Adcock (decathlon), Lars Rise (decathlon), Aaron Dixon (800m run) and Blake Irwin (800m run). Adcock and Rise enter the championships with the highest overall rank as the two sit second and third in the decathlon, nationally.
The field for the NCAA Second Round was determined after the first round of the championships which were held last weekend. After the first round, 24 athletes in each event advanced to Eugene as the top 12 from both of the first round sites in each event earned a spot in the second round. The decathletes did not compete at the NCAA First Round sites as they qualified with a season-best mark that was earned prior to the NCAA First Round.
Adcock and Rise highlight the Tigers that will compete in Eugene as they rank second and third nationally with scores of 7,704 and 7,695, respectively. Adcock is the Big 12 Champion in the event and is the only athlete in league history to ever sweep the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon titles in the same season. Rise finished as the league's runner-up in the decathlon - behind only Adcock - at the Big 12 Championships and should challenge for another All-America honor in Eugene. Missouri is the only school to have two decathletes rank in the top 10 headed into the championships and is one of only four to qualify two total athletes in the event.
Dixon and Irwin were the highlight of the NCAA First Round for Mizzou as the two both ran outstanding races to qualify for the second round. Dixon ran a time of 1:47.39 to finish third in his heat, which was the fastest of the heats at the first round site. His time is the best run by a Tiger this season and ranks him 12th nationally headed into the second round. Irwin - who is the Big 12 Champion at 800 meters - was equally as impressive as he clocked a time of 1:47.53 in his heat to finish third overall and earn an automatic berth to the second round as the No. 14 seed overall. In all, the times that Dixon and Irwin ran last weekend rank fifth and seventh in program history.
The NCAA Second Round will begin June 9 and both Dixon and Irwin will run that day in hopes of qualifying for the 800m finals, which will be held June 11. The decathlon will begin on June 10 and conclude on June 11th. For a complete preview of the meet, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.