MU's Lars Rise finished second in heptathlon at NCAAs

Saturday, March 12, 2011 | 9:04 p.m. CST

Missouri's Lars Rise set five personal bests on his way to finishing second in the heptathlon with a score of 5,902 on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas.

Missouri's other competitor, senior Brian Hancock, finished 11th in the pole vault with a height of 5.25m (17-2 ¾). Hancock was named a second-team All-American, the fourth All-American honor of his career.

In the heptathlon, Rise set career bests in the 1000-meter run, 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and the high jump.

He began Saturday in third place, and in his first event, the 60-meter hurdles, he ran a career-best 8.32 seconds. Rise continued to the pole vault, where he again achieved a personal best with a vault of 4.70m (15-5)

Entering the final event, the 1000-meter run, Rise was in fourth place. His career-best run of 2:42.92 moved him past two competitors into a second-place finish.

Rise’s finish marks the fourth year in a row a Missouri athlete has finished as an All-American in the heptathlon.

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