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Cooks Among Seven With LBSU Ties That Competed At USA Track & Field Championships

June 26, 2017

Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Riley Cooks made her senior USA Track & Field debut last weekend in the Heptathlon as one of six coaches or student-athletes with Beach ties to compete at the USATF Senior National Championships. Freshman Jason Smith also competed in the Junior Championships which was held concurrently in Sacramento.

Cooks finished in 15th place in the Heptathlon, totaling 5,232 points, while Smith claimed 7th place in the long jump, clearing 24 feet with a jump of 7.32 meters.

Former LBSU student-athlete Colin Dunbar was the high finisher for those with Beach connections, as the former Big West Athlete of the Year finished in fifth place in the hammer throw with a toss of 71.21 meters.

Assistant Coach Jaide Stepter also had a strong performance, advancing to the finals in the 400m hurdles. After qualifying in both the prelims and semifinals, Stepter ran a 55.06 time in the finals, taking seventh place in the event.

The Beach had two other throwers competing, as Jason Harrell finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 56.97 meters, while Ben Woodruff finished in 17th place in the Javelin. Finally, Chris Low competed in the 800 meter run, but did not advance past the prelims.



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