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Jason Cook
Jason Cook

Hometown:
Bristow, Va.

High School:
Brentsville District

Height:
6-2

Event:
Throws

Year (I/O):
R-Jr./Sr.

2008: NCAA East Region qualifier in shot put ... South Carolina's outdoor MVP in field events ... posted three wins in the shot put during the indoor season, claiming the title at the On Track Open, Tiger Invitational and Gamecock Invitational ... won On Track Open ... placed fifth at the New Balance Invitational and broke his 2007 PR at 56-10 ... followed that up with a new PR in victory at Tiger Invitational at 58-0 ½ ... won Gamecock Invitational at 56-9 ¼ ... season best in weight throw came at SEC Championships at 56-7 ¼ ... outdoors had Carolina's best shot put mark at 60-6 with a bronze medal at the SEC Championships ... won shot put at Carolina Classic at 59'5 ... season best in the hammer at 169-10 ... threw a season best 166-5 in the discus at the Penn Relays ... placed fifth in the shot put at Penn Relays at 57-1.

2007: Competed in shot put and weight throw indoors ... Set a new shot put PR in the first meet of the season by 2 1/2 feet after throwing a 53-1 at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... improved his throw by three-quarters of an inch at the Diet Pepsi Invitational where he finished seventh ... saw a big improvement at the Gamecock Invitational where he finished second with a throw of 53-8 1/4 ... hit a new PR the following week at the SEC Championships at 54-6 1/2, taking 13th in the finals ... also set a PR in the weight throw at the conference championships, tossing a 59-0 3/4 to place tenth and narrowly miss out on scoring ... outdoors he participated in one event, winning the Weems Baskin Relays in the shot put at 53-2 3/4.

2006: Contested the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season ... the Virginia Tech Invitational meet saw a season-opening shot put PR of 46-11 3/4 before unleashing a massive PR of 50-6 at the USC Invitational where he placed third ... a great throw of 58-10 in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships placed fifth ... the outdoor season included the addition of the discus and hammer in exchange for the weight throw ... in the hammer, a distance of 154-5 was marked at the Murray Neely Invitational before the uncorking of a huge 170-0 personal record for a fifth-place finish at the Clemson Invitational ... shot put throws of 52-4 and 54-5 1/2 at the Penn and Sea Ray Relays proved to be PRs ... in the discus, a personal best of 168-3 at the Spec Towns meet secured a sixth-place finish ... at the SEC Outdoor Championships, a 151-2 1/4 throw concluded a year of great improvement from last season.

2005: Redshirted during the indoor season while recovering from shoulder surgery ... changed to a spin technique with the shot put and began learning how to throw the hammer ... competed in the shot put, hammer and discus during the outdoor season ... turned in his best effort in the shot and hammer at the Tennessee Quad Meet with marks of 45-9 3/4 and 137-6 ... had his longest discus throw at Georgia with a 143-2 effort ... competed in all three events at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Lance Sherrill and Rob Dulin at Brentsville District High School ... was a two-time state champion in the shot put and discus ... was a two-time all-state team member in the shot put and a four-time member of the all-state teams in the discus ... was a national qualifier in the 2004 discus and was The Washington Post Athlete of the Year ... ranked No. 1 in Virginia in the shot put and discuss ... lettered in football, indoor track, outdoor track and wrestling at Brentsville District High School ... broke Gamecock throws coach Mike Sergent's 17-year-old high school records.

PERSONAL: Jason Corey Cook was born Jan. 3, 1986, in Manassas, Va. ... parents are Gerald and Janet Cook ... graduated in 2008 with a degree in sociology and is pursuing a graduate degree in criminology ... chose USC over East Carolina and Virginia Tech.

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