Tigers Wrap Up Day One of NCAA Track & Field Championships
DES MOINES, IA - The Mizzou track and field program wrapped up day one at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Senior Lars Rise finished day one of the decathlon in ninth place overall with 4,048 points, still within striking distance of a national title only trailing by 223 points. The score is also 10 points better than his score after day-one at the Big 12 Championships last month at which he won the Big 12 title.
Rise opened his day by running a season-best time in the 100m dash, clocking in at 11.16 good for 17th place overall. That time scored him 825 points in the competition. Next, Rise moved to the long jump where he jumped 7.06m (23-2) to finish 13th overall in that event. The mark added 828 points to his overall score, putting him in 12th overall with eight events remaining.
Rise then moved to one of his better events in the decathlon, the shot put, where he claimed the event title with a throw of 15.65m (51-4 ¼), adding 830 points to his overall score. That moved him to 12th overall with 2,483 points through the first three events. After a good shot put mark, Rise then cleared 1.93m (6-4) in the high jump to score 740 points, giving him a total of 3,223 with one event remaining on Wednesday. In the final event, Rise clocked in at 49.77 in the 400m dash to bring his day-one total to 4,048 for ninth overall, just 223 points off of the event leader, Miller Moss of Clemson.
Also on Wednesday, senior Brian Hancock finished ninth nationally in the pole vault after clearing 5.25m (17-2 ¾). The ninth-place finish is a two-place improvement from the indoor season for the Tiger senior and garners him second-team All-America honors. The All-America nod is the fifth of Hancock's career as he closes his stint with the Tigers as arguably the top pole vaulter in program history.
Also, making her first-ever appearance at the final round of the NCAA Championships, junior Leslie Farmer finished eighth in her heat in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.94. She missed qualifying for the event finals, but still closes an impressive season that saw he reset her own school record in the event nearly every time that she stepped onto the track. She ends the season at No. 22 nationally in the event.
Rise is the only Tiger still with competition left at the NCAA Championships as he will resume the decathlon Thursday at noon.