Rise Finishes Fourth at NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, IA - Mizzou track and field senior Lars Rise earned his sixth All-America honor after finishing fourth overall in the decathlon at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday at Drake Stadium. The Tiger senior scored 7,942 points in the event, just 176 off of the top finisher, Michael Morrison of California. Rise qualified for four NCAA decathlons during his four-year career and never finished lower than seventh nationally, claiming four All-America honors in the process. Rise went from 13th to fourth in the final two events on Friday, due in large parts to a huge throw in the javelin.
After totaling 4,048 points on day one, Rise began his day two yesterday in a weather-delayed 110m hurdles and he clocked in at 15.23 to take 16th in the event. The time added 822 points to his overall total, giving him 4,870 total points through the first six events. Moving to the discus, Rise threw 40.95m (134-4) to add 684 points to his overall score.
With severe weather lingering in the Des Moines area, Rise and the decathletes moved to the pole vault. He had a very strong effort in that event, posting a top clearance of 4.60m (15-1) to add 790 points to his total, moving his overall score to 6,344 points. The competitors then moved onto the javelin throw and that is when severe weather set in. The athletes made it into the second round of throws but severe weather delayed the competition until Friday, but Rise carried the event lead in the javelin after throwing 61.90m (203-1), just off of his season-best in the event.
Weather suspended the javelin in the second round of throws and the decathletes resumed competition at 10:30 A.M. Friday morning. Rise still needed to attempt his second throw in the javelin as competition resumed and he picked up right where he left off, tossing 65.60m (215-2) to widen his lead. Then, on his final attempt, Rise launched a throw of 68.12m (223-6), a season-best, to win the event and add 861 points to his overall score. That was 99 points better than the next-best competitor in the event and moved his decathlon total to 7,205 with just the 1,500m run remaining. That also jumped the Tiger senior from fourth in the standings to 13th overall.
Needing a great time to catch up the leaders in the 1,500m run, Rise delivered and clocked a personal-best time of 4:31.23 in the event, giving him 737 points pushing his 10-event total to just under 8,000 points at 7,942. That point total is a new personal-best for Rise and is the second-best mark ever posted by a Mizzou decathlete. Duke's Curtis Beach took second overall in the event with 8,084 points and Clemson's Miller Moss to third with 7,996 points.
For Rise, the fourth-place finish ends a storied career at Mizzou as he will now set his sights on continuing his track and field career professionally. He also teamed with senior pole vaulter Brian Hancock to give Mizzou a pair of All-Americans this season.