Natalie Cook Pushes To No. 2 All-Time 3,200m At UIL Champs

* Natalie Cook ran the second-fastest all-time performance in the 3200m at the UIL Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Photo Credit: Jamison Michaels/MileSplit

- - -

From start to finish on Saturday, Natalie Cook made sure the Texas Class 6A state 3,200m championship was her own.

But it was more than just going for the win, though.

Her morning state championship moment was also a chance for her to go after the 3,200m national high school record of 9:47.88, which was last set by Katelyn Tuohy in 2018.

And the Flower Mound (TX) senior and Oklahoma State signee nearly did just that, winning the UIL Class 6A final in a U.S. No. 2 all-time performance of 9:48.25. She produced even splits throughout the eight-lap race in 69-73-73-73-74-75-75-73.

In her final lap, she finished strong and narrowly miss the No. 1 mark by nearly four-tenths of a second. Her 2-mile conversion nets out to 9:51.66. 

Cook was the only girl in the field to break the 10-minute barrier. Her Flower Mound teammates, Samantha Humphries and Alexandra Fox, finished second and third with finishing times of 10:23.68 and 10:36.48, respectively, to help score 24 points. 

Photo Credit: Jamison Michaels/MileSplit

Related Links: 

UIL State Meet Coverage

Photo Coverage

Race Videos