LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior Hailey Cook concluded her illustrious Western Carolina track & field career Saturday evening at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky., as she competed in the shot put for the third-straight year. Cook is one of the most decorated track & field student-athletes in Western Carolina history and wrapped up her career with a 35th-place finish at the NCAA competition.
Cook entered the competition on Saturday as the 43rd ranked thrower in the East region and she improved on that standing with a toss of 14.94m (49-00.25) after a long lighting delay to place 35th. Raven Saunders from Ole Miss won the event with a mark of 18.04m (59-02.25).
Cook finished ahead of competitors from Akron, Bowling Green, Georgia State, Maryland, N.C. State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee, Towson, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
The Hendersonville, N.C., native is a six-time Southern Conference Athlete of the Month including three times as an outdoor competitor and three times during the indoor season. The three outdoor Field Athlete of the Month honors for Cook tie her for most all-time in SoCon history with former Catamount thrower Alisha Bradshaw while her three indoor honors tie her for most all-time in SoCon history with former Catamount Tayla Carter. Cook is also a five-time SoCon outdoor athlete of the week honoree. She picked up one honor as a sophomore, two as a junior and two as a senior. Cook is now tied with Furman's Allie Buchalski as the only five-time weekly award winners in SoCon history since they began giving out the awards in 2003.