Two W&M Freshmen to Compete at USAT&F U20 Championships

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Two young members of the William & Mary men’s track & field team will compete for national titles this week, at the USAT&F U20 Championships in Bloomington, Ind.  Rising sophomores KJ Cook (Buena Vista, Va.) and Jason Wright (Huntington Station, N.Y.) both qualified for the meet, and will take a shot at not just the national championship, but a chance to represent Team USA at the IAAF World U20 Championships later this summer in Tampere, Finland.  The meet can be followed via live results, on TribeAthletics.com and USATF.org, and can be viewed via a live stream on USATF.TV.Starting things off on Friday will be Wright, who competes in the 6KG hammer throw at 2 p.m.  Wright is the third-seeded man in the field, after he threw the junior-weight implement 65.16m (213-9) late last month at a meet in New York.  During his freshman campaign, Wright steadily improved throughout the spring and finished on a high note, breaking the W&M rookie record with a lifetime-best 54.42m (178-6) in the hammer at the IC4A Championships.  He also placed fourth at the CAA Championships, and was seventh overall at the Colonial Relays.  The college and senior-weight hammer (16-lbs) is 1.26 KG heavier than the junior implement.  Wright ranks ninth all-time at W&M in the hammer throw after just one season.His teammate, Cook, meanwhile, will compete in the shot put Saturday at 1:15 p.m., and the discus on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Cook was W&M’s first true freshman to qualify for the NCAA Eastern Semifinals in any event since 2013 when he qualified in the discus this spring, and he went on to finish 25th overall at the meet, 15 places better than he was seeded.  Cook broke the W&M freshman record three times in the discus, including with a season-best mark of 52.60m (172-7), …

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