Riley Cooks Concludes Collegiate Career with 15th Place Finish at Nationals
Senior All-American tallied 5,256 total points in the heptathlon
EUGENE, Ore. – Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks finished her collegiate career with a solid performance in the women’s heptathlon on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
In her second consecutive appearance at Nationals, Cooks turned in a 15th place showing in the heptathlon with a total of 5,256 points to lead all Big West competitors.
The Coarsegold, Calif., native began the heptathlon on Friday as she saw action in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m dash. Cooks kicked off the multis with the 100m hurdles where she finished sixth with a time of 13.69.
Following her performance in the 100m hurdles, Cooks placed 17th in the high jump with a clearance of 1.54m (5’ 0.5”).
Cooks then turned her focus to the shot put where she launched a heave of 11.96m (39’ 3”) to place eighth in the event.
She completed Friday with her best finish of the day as she came in third in the 200m dash with a time of 24.53.
Cooks came into Saturday in 10th place with a total of 3,277 points as she had the long jump, javelin throw, and 800m run ahead of her.
In the long jump, Cooks earned a 14th place finish as she recorded a mark of 5.66m (18’ 7”).
The javelin throw saw Cooks post a seventh-place finish after throwing the javelin 40.11m (131’ 7”) as the top finisher in the Big West.
Cooks finished the heptathlon with the 800m run in which she placed 18th with a time of 2:40.89.
She totaled 5,256 points in the heptathlon, as Kendell Williams of Georgia won the event with 6.265 points.
Cooks concludes her Long Beach State career as the school record holder in the heptathlon (5,671 points), the indoor pentathlon (3,690 points), and indoor 60m hurdles (8.41).
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