Track and field: Honors comes for Cook, Nowak
A week after being named to the 2011 All-Greater Houston boys track and field team, Cy-Fair graduate and standout hurdler Christian Cook is ready to commit to the University of Miami.
"It was a long process that started my junior year, but it was a good process, and Miami was really my dream school," Cook said. "It's where my father (Charles Cook) went to school and played college football (1977-81), so it's not only about a great school and great athletic programs, it's carrying on a family tradition."
Cook had narrowed his list to five schools — Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, the University of Houston and Miami - and in the end, he had to go with his heart.
"Just finally knowing where I'm going and being able to start planning is a big relief," Cook said, "and competing at the same school where my father did makes it that much sweeter. It's the school I grew up loving and it was really my No. 1 pick most of the time."
Cook contemplated college football, but he's going track only with a concentration in the 400-meter and 110 hurdles.
He was a two-time region qualifier at Cy-Fair and finished third in the Class 5A 110 hurdles at the University Interscholastic League Stater Meet last month in Austin.
Cook won the bronze at 13.87 seconds coming in right behind Port Arthur Memorial's Jeylin Reed (13.75) and Harlingen's Randolph Bermea (13.79).
It was Cook's first state appearance and it came on the heels of a gold medal at the District 17-5A Meet, and he also advanced to regionals as a member of the Cy-Fair 400-meter relay.
A signing ceremony with Miami is planned for later this week or early next week, according to Cook, who will report and start preseason workouts with the Hurricanes in August.
His father went on to play in the NFL for New England, and the New York Jets and Giants, and in the USFL for New Jersey and Memphis.
Cy Woods junior Craig Nowak, the 5A 1,600 meter state champion, was also named All-Greater Houston.
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