Cook narrowly misses provisional standard in heptathlon at GNAC Multi-Events Championships
April 21, 2009
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University's Clara Cook (Sr., Wenatchee) narrowly missed the NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying standard as she placed second in the heptathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Events Championships which ended Tuesday at Tomlinson Stadium on the Central Washington University campus.
Cook finished the seven-event endurance test with 4,343 points, just 57 short of the qualifying standard. In the three final-day events, she had marks of 15-9 3/4 in the long jump and 99-11 in the javelin, then ran the 800 in 2:33.41.
"She stumbled amd fell on the home-stretch straightaway and that probably cost her," said Western head coach Pee Wee Halsell.
On Monday, Cook had bettered or tied personal bests in all four events. That included a provisional mark of 5-7 in the high jump.
Taking top honors with 4,588 points was Western Oregon's Mandy Keifer.
In the decathlon, Western's Alex Harrison (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway), who was fourth after the first day, rallied to place second with 6,060 points. He ran a 16.91 110 hurdles, posted marks of 109-8 in the discus, 13-11 1/4 in the pole vault and 183-5 in the javelin before closing with a 1,500 time of 5:04.26.
Western Oregon's Zeb Udall won the title with 6,286 points and Josh Grewe from Northwest Nazarene was third at 6,015.
"Alex (Harrison) had a very good competition," Halsell said. "He really gutted it out in the 1,500 to hang onto second."
Western's Tim Clendaniel (Fr., Bothell) fell one spot and placed fourth with 5,760 points.
The Vikings' Michelle Howe (So., Arlington/Lakewood) placed fifth in the heptathlon with 3,948 points, just one ahead of teammate Sabrina Schwindler (Fr., LaConner), who finished sixth (3,947). Western's Devon King (Fr., East Wenatchee/Eastmont) was 11th with 3,044 points.
The multi-event performances gave the Vikings 15 points in the women's competition and 13 in the men's at the GNAC Championships on May 1-2 at Monmouth, Ore.
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