Sophomore Nick Adcock and freshman Lars Rise both had strong starts on Day 1 of the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. At the halfway mark, Adcock is in fourth place with 3,963 points, and Rise is in sixth place with 3,945 points in the field of 26.
The five decathlon events that were held Wednesday were the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, long jump, high jump and shot put. Thursday’s events will be the 110-meter hurdles, 1500-meter run, pole vault, discus throw and javelin throw.
Sophomore Brian Hancock was one of 15 pole vaulters to clear the qualifying height of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches in the preliminaries. Hancock’s performance will advance him to the men’s pole vault finals on Friday.
Senior Jason Morris and junior Chris Rohr just missed the mark in the men’s hammer throw. They both finished 13th out of 26 with a tying distance of 210-4, but the final qualifier beat them by an inch.
Junior Krishna Lee finished 19th out of 29 in the women’s hammer throw at 191-10. Only the best 12, which ranged from 200-7 to 211-7, moved on to the finals.
Senior Shernelle Nicholls finished 28th of 29 in the women’s discus throw because of two fouls, leaving her best throw at 143-05.
Lee and Nicholls will still compete in the women’s shot put prelims Thursday, while senior Nate Englin will do the same in the men’s shot put. Englin won the Big 12 Conference Championship in both the indoor and outdoor shot put competition this year.
Final rounds for those who qualify will be held Friday and Saturday.