June 1, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After advancing four individuals to the Second Round of the NCAA Championships, the Mizzou men's track and field program has cracked the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25, sitting as the nation's No. 25 team. The rankings are determined by the amount of projected points that a team could score at the NCAA Championships. Also, bonus points are awarded to athletes who have marks that are significantly better than their competitors or for athletes who are within a small margin of the nation's top competitors.
Decathletes Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) and Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) lead the way for Mizzou as they currently rank No. 2 and No. 3 nationally in the decathlon, accounting for 60.05 of the Tigers' 75.21 total points in this week's poll. The other points are attributed to Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa), who both rank in the nation's top 14 runners at 800 meters.
The Mizzou men finished the indoor season by placing 25th nationally at the NCAA Indoor Championships with just the combined scores from Adcock and Rise. Now that Dixon and Irwin have qualified for the final round of the NCAA Championships during the outdoor season, the Tigers have the chance to pass that rank after the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The announcement from the USTFCCCA today marks the first time since May 12, 2009, that the Tigers have cracked into the top 25. That week last season, the Tiger men were ranked 24th nationally 90.45 total points. The Tiger men were ranked three times last year during the outdoor season as they were ranked No. 25 through the first and second weeks of the season before falling out and coming back in at No. 24 on May 12.
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.