COLUMBIA - Missouri decathlon competitors Nick Adcock and Lars Rise took the top spots on day two of The Big 12 Track and Field Championships.
Nick Adcock accumulated 7704 points over the two days of competition at Walton Stadium in Columbia. Fellow Tiger Lars Rise was nine points off the mark with 7695 points.
The meet was satisfying for Adcock on several fronts. Lots of friends and family from his hometown of Kansas City packed Walton Stadium on a chilly, rainy day. It was also the last home meet for his coach, Rick McGuire, who is retiring after 27 years at Missouri.
And then there was the matter of his performance at last year's Big 12 meet.
Adcock was one of the favorites in 2009 but failed to clear any bars in the pole vault and settled for eighth place.
"A little bit disappointed would be an understatement," McGuire said of Adcock's state of mind after last year's conference meet. "So obviously he had a lot of reasons to want to do really well in this."
Adcock entered Day 2 of the decathlon in first place and won Saturday's first event, the 110-meter hurdles, in 14.26 seconds. The pole vault loomed, but Adcock did fine, clearing 15 feet, 5 inches. In the final event — the 1,500 meters — he finished a step ahead of teammate Lars Rise, who placed second overall with 7,695 points.
"It makes it even sweeter knowing what happened last year," Adcock said. "Same conditions, same everything, but this time conquering it and getting things done."
Adcock became the second person in Big 12 history to sweep the indoor and outdoor
multi-event titles with the 2010 Big 12 Heptathlon crown.
After seven events, Missouri's men's team is tied in third spot with Oklahoma with 30 points. Nebraska hold on to the top spot with 52 points and Texas has 34 points in second place. The women's track team sits in ninth spot with a total of nine points.
The meet will conclude on Sunday with finals in the 100-meter dash, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 5000, 4 x 100m relays and the 4 x 400m relays.