(WAVERLY, Iowa) – Thomas More College sophomore Christina Cook (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) ran in the 400-meter dash preliminaries of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship today (Friday, May 27, 2016) at Walston-Hoover Stadium on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Cook finished 12th out of 22 in the preliminaries with a time of 55.93-seconds. The Top-8 finishers advance to the tomorrow's finals of the 400-meter dash.
Cook had qualified 20th for the championship as she ran a time of 55.86-seconds on May 6 at the Billy Hayes Invitational hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. This marked the second-straight year that she has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 400-meter dash.
Cook was named the 2016 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the overall PAC Indoor Track & Field Most Valuable Player as she finished first in the 400-meter dash and in the 200-meter dash. During the outdoor season she was the PAC champion in the 400-meter dash and in the 200-meter dash and was named All-Mideast Region by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in the 400-meter dash.