JEFFERSON CITY — Rock Bridge senior Jordan Cook was greeted like a rock star when he met his teammates.
With a smile plastered on his face, Cook received hugs and congratulations from his supporters after his victory in the 800-meter run at the Class 4 state high school track meet Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
After rounding the final turn in fifth place, Cook sprinted down the homestretch to pass four competitors and win in 1:55.85.
“Coming through the last 100 I realized I only had 100 meters left and I’m done with my entire high school career," Cook said. "I knew I had to kick it in a whole bunch if I wanted to do anything with it."
Cook, the top qualifier in Friday's preliminary, said he didn't get as boxed in as he did Friday and wasn't too worried when he was in fifth place coming down the stretch.
"I've always known I was a pretty strong runner at the finish, so I've always kind of used that to my advantage," Cook said.
After his eighth-place finish in the 1600-meter run, Cook found some shade to try and stay cool. Temperatures Saturday afternoon reached into the 90s.
“That kind of rejuvenated me a little bit and got me more focused for the 800,” Cook said.
The top finisher for the Bruins girls team was silver medalist Mallory Short in the 100-meter hurdles.
Short got off to a slow start, but made up ground, nudging past two competitors at the finish. Only two-hundredths of a second separated Short's second-place finish from fourth place.
“I was thinking, ‘I am not about to get fourth’ so I kind of jumped across the finish line,” Short said.
Short's effort sent her tumbling to the ground following her finish. Short said it didn't hurt too bad, but she will probably feel it later.
“It’ll leave a good mark for tomorrow,” Short said jokingly.
Triple jumper Daniel Brennan added a fourth-place finish with a jump of 44-10.
Two Rock Bridge girls relays medaled. Sienna Trice, Hailey King, Makayla Jones and Christina Oyelola were seventh in the 4 x 200-meter relay. Kenzie Schimpf, Sam Farmer, Samantha Garrett and Megan Schulte were eighth in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
Hickman distance runner Nicole Mello took seventh in the 3200-meter run with Rock Bridge’s Garrett crossing right behind Mello to finish eighth.
The Rock Bridge boys team tied for sixth place with 29 points. Hazelwood Central won with 38.
The Bruins girls team finished in a tie for 18th with 12 points. Francis Howell won with 48.