Cooks Sits In Eighth After Day One Of Heptathlon
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NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships Central
Long Beach State junior Riley Cooks is in eighth place through four heptathlon events on day three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Cooks tallied 3,519 points thanks to lifetime-bests in three events – 100-meter hurdles, high jump and shot put. She also won her heat and finished fifth overall in the 200-meters, posting a time of 24.07 that was just .06 from being a personal best.
The overall leader with three events to go is Akela Jones of Kansas State. Jones has 3,951 points with Saturday's competition on deck, including the long jump (11:30 a.m.), javelin (12:45 p.m.) and 800 meters (5:13 p.m.). All of the action will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Cooks opened the day tying for first in her heat, and 10th overall, with a time of 13.59 in the 100-meter hurdles. She edged her previous PR of 13.60.
In the high jump, she cleared 5-05.25 for her top career mark and a 13th place finish. She also threw the shot put a distance of 41 feet, 4.25 inches, eclipsing her previous best by over two inches and helping her to ninth place in the event.
In addition to Cooks, two more Big West athletes are in action Saturday. UC Santa Barbara senior Jessica Emde begins her quest in the women's high jump at 3:00 p.m. UC Davis senior Erika Barr goes for gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 3:54 p.m. on ESPN.