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Long Beach State Track & Field athletes wrap up season

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Riley Cooks soars through the air during the long jump at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Riley Cooks soars through the air during the long jump at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Riley Cooks soars through the air during the long jump at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

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After competing at the NCAA Track & Field Championship June 8-11, three 49ers received honorable mention All-America honors based on their performances.

 

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association announced the honors Monday.

 

Juniors Riley Cooks and Robert Marlow and senior Fatima Vergara were recognized after 17th-24th finishes. Cooks came 20th in the heptathlon with 5,372 points.

 

Cooks set three lifetime records in the high jump, shot put and 100-meter hurdles.

 

The junior’s 13.59 time in the 100-meter hurdles is Cooks’ lifetime best maintaining, her position at No. 3 on Long Beach State’s all-time chart. She also set lifetime bests clearing 5-05.25 in the high jump and a 41-04.25 throw in shot put.

 

Vergara, who was the first 49er to qualify for the women’s hammer throw at the national contest, finished 23rd in the event with a toss of 183-11.

 

The senior secured her spot to nationals after setting a school record with a throw of 199-08, placing 12th out of 48 at the West Prelims.
In the men’s hammer throw, Marlow placed 24th with a throw of 197-06. He was the first 49er to advance to nationals since 2011.

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