COLUMBIA — Missouri's Nick Adcock, who competes for the Tigers' track and field team in the heptathlon during the indoor season and in the decathlon during the outdoor season, says when his collegiate career ends, he will start to focus on the 2012 Olympics.
“I will stay here and train under the coaches I am training under now,” said Adcock, referring to Missouri head coach Rick McGuire and assistants Brett Halter and Dan Lefever. “I will be training next year with a teammate. After that, I’ll be training with others on the team or recruit some other post collegiate athletes to train with me for the 2012 Olympics.”
Missouri at Iowa State Classic
WHEN: Thursday: 12:30p.m., Friday: 9 a.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Lied Recreation Center Center, Ames, Iowa
* Nine men's teams and six women's teams ranked in the top 50 nationally are set to compete. Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Oklahoma as well as Missouri will represent the Big 12. The meet will also give the Tigers their second chance to compete in the facility in which the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Championships will be held later this month.
McGuire, a member of the U.S. Olympic Development Program, knows what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. During the course of his coaching career, McGuire has trained 46 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers and four Olympians. He also served on the staff of the United States National Track and Field Teams for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games.
“There are kids who want to train and take their shot, and he should,” McGuire said. “I’m totally confident he could make it.”
Adcock is one of the top 10 decathlon athletes in the United States according to All-Athletics.com. He has been on three national teams, won gold at the 2007 USATF Junior Championships and a silver medal at the 2007 Pan-American Junior Championships. He is a three-time All-American, earning the honor his indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore and his indoor season as a junior.
During the indoor track season, Adcock competes in the heptathlon, which consists of the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and the 1,000-meter run. Adcock holds the school record in the event with 5,795 points.
“My favorite is probably the hurdles because it’s fun,” Adcock said. “It’s all fun.”
In the Bill Bergan Invitational last month in Ames, Iowa, Adcock scored 5,758 points, which won him the heptathlon title and earned the Tigers their first NCAA automatic qualifying mark in 2010.
“This year, putting up an early automatic qualifier is good for me,” Adcock said. “I’m happy with it. There’s still some things I need to work on, technical-wise, polish up some things, and I’ll be looking at an even better score for the Big 12.”
Adcock also holds the Missouri record in the 60-meter hurdles, improving his mark in the event to 7.99 seconds at the Bill Bergan Invitational.
Another accomplishment is staying healthy after a strained hamstring plagued him last season.
“Last year, I had some heath issues, which hindered training and hindered performances,” Adcock said.
His training makes for a tiring schedule. His day starts with morning and early afternoon classes. Track practice runs from 2 to 6 p.m., sometimes followed by a visit to the training room. From there, it’s dinner in a dining hall, then homework until bedtime.
“I hang out with friends when I get the chance,” Adcock said. “I’m in the accountancy program here, and I’m staying pretty busy with that, so when I’m not training, I usually do homework and stay caught up on that stuff.”
When the demands of being an athlete slow down, Adcock spends time volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters about twice a month.
“I regularly find myself saying to the young ones on the team,’ Watch the stars, the stars will show you what to do and one day you’ll be one,’” McGuire said. “Nick is a star of the team, he’s a tremendous athlete. He followed the lead of others and now when others need to see what to do in top DI athletics, Nick provides the model.”