Vincent Calhoun Finishes the Year with Strong Performance at Nationals
Riley Cooks starts the heptathlon with solid effort
EUGENE, Ore. – In his first-ever NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship appearance, junior Vincent Calhoun turned in a solid performance for Long Beach State in the men’s high jump. Additionally, senior Riley Cooks was on point for the Beach in the first day of competition in the heptathlon.
Calhoun came out strong in the men’s high jump and finished in a tie for 19th place in the event with Florida International’s Chris Sullivan. Calhoun posted a clearance of 2.08m (6’9.75”) as the only representative out of the Big West Conference.
He was Long Beach State’s lone male student-athlete competing at Nationals as he finished in the top 20 among the top 24 in the country.
Calhoun was joined at Nationals by teammate Riley Cooks who represents the Beach women in the heptathlon.
The heptathlon began Friday and will conclude on Saturday. On the first day of heptathlon competition, Cooks was solid.
On Friday, Cooks saw action in the heptathlon 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m dash. She will continue competition on Saturday with the long jump, javelin throw, and 800m run.
Cooks kicked off the heptathlon in the 100m hurdles where she finished sixth with a time of 13.69. She followed that performance with a 17th-place finish in the high jump after clearing 1.54m (5’ 0.5”).
In the shot put, Cooks placed eighth with a heave of 11.96m (39’3”). She finished the day with a third-place finish in the 200m dash after running the event in 24.53.
At the end of the day, Cooks sits in 10th place in the heptathlon with a total of 3,277 points.
Cooks will be back at it on Saturday, June 10 starting the day with the long jump at 11:30 a.m., followed by the javelin throw at 12:45 p.m., and the 800m run at 5:13 p.m.
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