TRACK & FIELD-

Cooks Caps Best Week with State Title

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 19, 2014)- Last Week: The Cuesta Women’s Track and Field team advanced two athletes to the 2014 CCCAA State Track & Field Championship and finished 21st in the state.  Of course, the big story was Heptathlete Riley Cooks (Coarsegold), who won a state title in her event.  Cooks scored all of the Cougars points, because Pole Vaulter Hailey Fish (Soquel HS) finished out of the scoring in 10th place.  Cooks is the sixth Cuesta athlete to win a state title for women’s track and field. 

Notes: 2014 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Riley Cooks (Coarsegold) set two school records last week and earned the title of top athlete in the state after winning the heptathlon.  She broke her own Cuesta heptathlon record, for the fourth and final time, with 5,110 points.  She also lowered her school 100 hurdles record to :14.33.  Cooks won only the 200-meter dash, finished second in five of the six events.  Her lead after those first six events allowed her to cruise to victory in the final event, with a 7th place finish in the 800-meter run.  She ranked in the CCCAA State Top 10 in all of her events, except the 800-meter run and ends her Cuesta career with three school records and a Top 10 mark in seven events.  Cooks began last week begin named the 2014 Cuesta Athlete of the Year and Cuesta Career Student-Athlete Award winner on Tuesday.  On Thursday, she signed her National Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship to Long Beach State.  She capped her week with a state title on Saturday. 

 

More Accolades for Cuesta’s Cooks

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 21, 2014)- The awards keep rolling in for 2014 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Riley Cooks (Coarsegold).  On May 20, the Western State Conference Track & Field coaches named her the 2014 WSC Track Co-MVP and 2014 WSC Field Co-MVP.  The conference splits the award between events, but made certain to recognize the 2014 CCCAA State Heptathlon winner for her all around performance.  This is the first time, on record, that an athlete has been MVP of both disciplines in the same year.  In 1988 Cuesta Distance Runner Kathryn Krieger (Track) and Heptathlete Julia Turing (Field) joined Coach Darrell Rich to give the Cougars a clean sweep in women’s track and field.  Cooks shared the track award with CCCAA State Champion Miler Elizabeth Nelson (Glendale) and the field award with CCCAA State Champion Long Jumper Ashlie Curenton (West LA). 

2014 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Riley Cooks (Coarsegold) set two school records last week and earned the title of top athlete in the state after winning the heptathlon.  She broke her own Cuesta heptathlon record, for the fourth and final time, with 5,110 points.  She also lowered her school 100 hurdles record to :14.33.  Cooks won only the 200-meter dash and finished second in the rest of the other first six events.  Her lead after those events allowed her to cruise to victory in the final event, with a 7th place finish in the 800-meter run.  She ranked in the CCCAA State Top 10 in all of her events, except the 800-meter run and ends her Cuesta career with three school records and a Top 10 mark in seven events.  Cooks began last week begin named the 2014 Cuesta Athlete of the Year and Cuesta Career Student-Athlete on Tuesday.  On Thursday, she signed her National Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship to Long Beach State.  She capped her week with a state title on Saturday and began this week as conference MVP.

Cuesta WSC Women’s Track & Field MVPs

1988 Kathryn Krieger Track)

1988 Julia Turing (Field)

1989 Kathryn Krieger (Track)

2003 Christina Reyes (Track)

2008 Kate Almond (Field)

2014 Riley Cooks (Both)

 

 


                                         

 

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