Cook claims sixth in early going

CHENEY — Sierra Cook knows the competition is tougher at this year’s state track tournament.

But that doesn’t mean the Klahowya sophomore distance runner is approaching it any differently than she has in the past.

“I’m really excited,” Cook said at practice Tuesday before leaving for Eastern Washington University, the site for the 2A WIAA State Track and Field Championships. “I finally broke my (personal record) in the mile (at districts).”

Cook’s district-winning time of 5 minutes, 13.58 seconds didn’t just beat her PR — it crushed it by 11 seconds.

That could be a good indicator for Cook, who said she felt a little off kilter all week leading up to her new PR.

“The whole last week I just felt so bad,” Cook said. “So it felt so good. I had so much adrenaline afterward. I couldn’t stop moving.”

Cook took sixth place in the 3,200 on Thursday in the opening round of the state meet, finishing the two-mile run in 11:46.31. Colville’s Brittney Williams won the race in 11:13.41.

While Cook said she was hoping to break 11:30, she said she knew, and looked forward to , the greater competition.

“In the league meets, I haven’t really had that much competition,” Cook said. “I just kind of ran by myself. The state’s run a lot faster.”

Cook was the only Eagle to participate in Thursday’s opening round, with Sam Rucker (100, 200), Nick Morgan (discus), Ben Dekock (javelin), JB Hosford (javelin) and Sharon Cox (long jump) beginning yesterday. Friday’s results were unavailable at press time.

As for Cook, she said she hopes to break the 5:10 mark in the mile.

Last year, Cook was seventh in the mile and fourth in the two-mile. Rucker took sixth in the 100 but third in the 200 He was also ninth in the long jump. Hosford qualified for the 400 last year, finishing 11th in the prelims. Rucker and Morgan were half of the Eagles’ No. 11 4x100 relay as well.

“It’s going to be a great meet,” Klahowya track coach Leo Suzuki said. “Now I’m going to be a little nervous, but more than that, it’ll be very exciting.”

4A State Track

The 4A WIAA State Track and Field Championships in Pasco got underway yesterday as well. Results were unavailable at press time.

Central Kitsap sends Riley Start (javelin) and Danny VanDatta (100). Oly sends Sotrm Fanua (discus) and Christian Demouchet (110 hurdles).

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