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Going the Distance: Christian Cook

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami track and field teams are hard at work preparing for their upcoming season. Each week, will introduce you to members of the cross-country and track and field programs.

In addition, be sure to follow UM Track & Field/ Cross Country on Twitter (@MiamiTrack) for the latest news on the squad.

Continuing on the "Going the Distance" series, find out about sophomore Christian Cook...

Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Cy-Fair
Major: Criminology

Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?

Miami has always been my dream school and I grew up loving Miami because my dad played football here during the 80's.

What was the best aspect of being part of Miami's Track teams?

I would say it is the fact you know your teammates won't leave you behind and will push you to the end of the workout. Also the fact that our team is really close and goofy but means business.

You have accomplished quite a bit while at Miami. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment throughout your collegiate career?

Making the finals of the indoor 60 hurdles and placing third in 4x100 relay at the ACC Conference Outdoor meet, seeing it has been a while for a men's team to get a medal.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

My family to say the least, but my brother is the one who keeps me on track.

What are some of your goals for the season?

There are so many I have, including qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships for 60m hurdles and placing third or higher in ACC 60m hurdles. I also want to make regionals outdoor for 110 hurdles and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Have you ever played any other sports?

I played football and basketball while in high school.

What do you feel was the biggest challenge you came across in since your arrival?

It would have to be learning to balance my time. Knowing when to have fun and when to crack down on school work.

What is/are the biggest difference(s) between high school and competing at the collegiate level?

The workouts are a lot more intense; you are running with grown men out there, its faster than many think.

What did you do, both individually and as a team, to prepare right before a meet?

Individually, I listen to a special playlist called "Meditation" to get my mind right. As a team, we do our usual routines - wake up, shake out, go eat, get dressed, head to track to go over hurdles and get a feel for the track.

What do you do away from running and studying to relax?

Listening to my music, watching television, hanging with my teammates and friends.

What are three words that describe you and why?

Compassionate. Determined. Hard-working. I say this because I love what I do and want to be the best at it and will work hard to get it.