Cook places 19th at NCAA Championships

By Nick Lovera Army Athletic Communications

 Army West Point sophomore August Cook competed in the javelin finals at the NCAA Championships June 5 in Austin, Texas. The sophomore posted a 65.82-meter best, which placed him 19th.   Photo by Army Athletic Communications

Army West Point sophomore August Cook competed in the javelin finals at the NCAA Championships June 5 in Austin, Texas.
The sophomore posted a 65.82-meter best, which placed him 19th.
Cook competed in last year’s final and posted a 61.10-meter distance to cap his rookie campaign.

Coach’s Corner: Head Coach Mike Smith
“August competed well today. Obviously he had higher hopes of a better finish and the mark that it took to make the final is something he has thrown before. He hit some nice positions but just couldn’t get enough on the javelin to get the mark he needed.
“He won’t make any excuses, so I will do it for him. He has competed all spring with an injury that directly impacted his throws and and yet he still made the decision to go to the meets and see what he could do even if it meant only taking one throw and never throwing in practice.
“He and coach Posillico have worked around this injury by focusing on approach work and getting that down, but in the end there is only so much you can expect if you can’t actually throw. I have seen a lot of gritty performers in my career and this kid is right up there at the top.
“His positive attitude has never wavered and his competitive fire has never waned. What he was able to accomplish this spring is truly remarkable.”
For full results at the NCAA Championships, visit https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/NCAA/020-1_compiled.htm.