Nicole  Cook

Nicole Cook


Petersburg, Va.

High School:
Petersburg H.S.


Middle Distance



400m: 54.93 at Gator Invitational, Feb. 9, 2003
800m: 2:03.27 at NCAA Championships (finals), March 13, 2004

400m: 54.11 at Gatorade Classic, May 3, 2003
800m: 2:02.33 at U.S. Olympic Trials (semifinals), July 10, 2004


2004: Nicole claimed an individual national title in the 800 meters and contributed to UT's first-ever NCAA distance medley relay championship during the indoor campaign...Ran the 800m at three meets and was victorious on all three occasions...Lowered her career best to 2:04.03 and then 2:03.27 to win the first indoor 800m NCAA title in school history...The 2:03.27 effort ranks her second behind only Delisa Walton (2:02.4) on UT's all-time indoor performers chart in the 800m...The victory was the Lady Vols' first individual triumph at NCAA Indoors since 1991...Also won her signature event at both the SEC Invitational and the SEC Championships...The latter victory was the first indoor 800m conference title for Nicole and the first by a Lady Vol since Valerie Bertrand finished first in 1990...Ran the 800m leg on UT's school-record-setting DMR at the Penn State National Open, helping propel the quartet to an 11:03.42 readout...Also assisted NCAA champion tandem to an 11:06.07 clocking, which stands as the second-best time ever by a Lady Vol unit...Was a key contributor to UT's 4x400m relay team as well, helping that unit finish fourth at SECs (3:32.59) and NCAAs (3:31.49) with school-record performances on each occasion...Accorded All-America status in the 800 meters as well as with the 4x4 and DMR...Other indoor season honors included edamerica/Lady Vol Athlete of the Month for March, SEC Athlete of the Week on Jan. 28 and Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Jan. 28 and March 16...Outdoors, Nicole tallied another All-America citation (4x400mR) to give her four for the season and 10 for her collegiate career...Also advanced to the 800m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she placed seventh in 2:03.66...Charted a career best of 2:02.33 in the semifinal round, a mark that ranks her sixth on UT's all-time outdoor performers list...She was one of four J.J. Clark-coached athletes in the 800m final at the Trials...Took third at the SEC Championships with a then-PR run of 2:03.21 and was second at the NCAA Mideast Regional with another then-career topper of 2:03.06...Suffered a disappointing day at the NCAA Championships when she failed to make it out of the heats and wound up 14th overall in 2:07.01...Was a huge component on three relay units...Helped 4x400m lineup match its indoor school record with one outdoors at the NCAA Championships...The UT foursome rolled to a 3:28.49 reading to place third nationally...Also aided an NCAA Mideast Regional record time of 3:29.60...The 4x4 also was third at SECs...Anchored UT's victorious 4x800m relay squad at the Penn Relays, collapsing across the finish line to forge an 8:21.13 mark that was just a second off a collegiate record set by UT in 1984...Also handled third leg on DMR unit that won at the Penn Relays in 10:59.35 and tallied the third-best Lady Vol outdoor effort in that event...Was named Penn Relays Female Track Athlete of the Meet for her work...Made the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll for the first time.

2003: Earned 800m All-America honors once again at the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she finished second by 6/100ths of a second to UCLA's Lena Nilsson...After qualifying with a conservative 2:08.57, Nicole lowered her then-indoor personal best in the half-mile race to 2:05.19 en route to national runner-up distinction...Earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week nod for that gem...Her previous PR came in the SEC prelims, where she checked in at 2:06.11 before going on to a fourth-place, 2:07.66 result...Registered career bests of 54.93 in the open 400m at the Gator Invitational and 4:59.77 in the mile at the SEC Challenge...Ran second segment of UT's SEC 4x400m relay that placed sixth...Outdoors, Nicole collected All-America certificate number six of her career with a sixth-place result of 2:04.02 in the 800m at the NCAA Championships...A week later, a 2:03.94 reading earned her eighth at the USATF Championships...Season and then-career-best time, however, came at the SEC Championships, where Nicole threw down a 2:03.60 to place third...Also charted outdoor career bests in the 400 meters with a victorious 54.11 at the Gatorade Classic and a runner-up 4:32.28 in the 1500 meters at the SEC Challenge...Ran second leg on 4x400m relay unit that wrangled fourth place in 3:36.76 at the SEC Championships and held down third hitch with the same quartet to finish second at the NCAA Mideast Regional in 3:37.80 and qualify for the national meet...Coaches opted not to declare the relay...Nicole also ran the opener on the distance medley relay that won at Sea Ray Relays in 11:19.19 and placed fourth at Penn Relays in 11:13.38 and anchored the sprint medley relay that took second at Penn Relays in 3:44.97.

2002: Tallied four All-America certificates in a stellar rookie campaign...Indoors, Nicole dropped her PR to 2:07.28 in the prelims and then to 2:06.92 in the finals to place third at the SEC Championships and earn a trip to the NCAA meet...Charted a reading of 2:07.14 in the prelims at nationals but just missed making the cut for finals...Wound up ninth, but as one of the top eight finishers from the U.S. was accorded All-America distinction...Earned a number-three spot on UT's 600m performers list (fourth on performances list) with a 1:30.73 clocking in the prelims at the Indiana Relays...Was a standout member of the 4x400m relay unit, which also included Kameisha Bennett, Antoinette Gorham and Dee Dee Trotter...Anchored that group to second in 3:41.36 at the SEC Eastern Division Challenge...The foursome zipped to an NCAA-qualifying 3:36.45 at the SEC meet to take third and record what was then the third-best indoor reading ever by a Lady Vol quartet...Despite a hamstring injury, Nicole moved to the number-two slot and was able to help the 4x4 to All-America honors at the NCAA Championships...The unit clicked off a 3:36.75 count to place sixth and earn Nicole her second national award of the indoor season...It was the Big Orange's first A-A indoor 4x4 since 1992...Outdoors, Nicole charted a then-career-best 2:05.39 in the prelims, notched a provisional mark and qualified for the conference finals...Came back two days later to claim the SEC crown and earn an automatic berth to NCAAs with a then-PR 2:04.40 outcome...Did so in dramatic fashion, closing hard down the stretch and lunging at the line to edge Florida's Melissa DeLeon (2:04.43) in a photo finish...Nicole didn't learn she had won until nearly five minutes after the race...She became the first Lady Vol in 12 years to win an outdoor 800 at the conference meet and the first UT athlete to finish first in a running event since 1992...Joined Head Coach J.J. Clark's sister, Joetta, as the only Tennessee rookies to stake claim to the SEC Outdoor 800m title...Next came the NCAA Championships, where she checked in with a 2:05.93 pace to advance to the finals and produce a 2:06.51 mark in the money race to finish eighth and bag her third All-America certificate of the season...Nicole was equally as productive on relays, helping fuel UT to a runner-up effort in the 4x4 at SECs with a 3:34.07 count that also earned the foursome a trip to nationals...In Baton Rouge, the quartet of Gorham, Cook, Bennett and Trotter put together back-to-back races of 3:32.09 and 3:31.49 to place fourth at the NCAA meet and earn All-America distinction...The latter clocking ranked as the ninth-fastest all-time at Tennessee and the best by a UT tandem in 16 years...The finish was also the best since the 1984 quartet took second...Among other relays, she helped the sprint medley unit to third at Penn Relays in 3:48.01 as that group charted the third-best time in school history...For her work, Nicole was chosen as the track and field team's Lady Vol Athlete of the Year nominee.


Nicole was a member of the Petersburg High School track & field team for four years and ran cross country for one season...She was named Track & Field Athlete of the Year by the Petersburg Progress-Index and Richmond Times Dispatch as a senior...Specialized in the 500m and was the top-ranked high school runner in the country at that distance...Earned Nike High School All-America and Foot Locker High School All-America honors twice each...Won the national indoor championship as a senior in the 800m...Captured the state indoor 500m championship in 2001 in a personal best 1:13.51...Other prep PRs include 2:13 indoors and 2:10 outdoors in the 800m and 55.4 in the 400m.


Nicole is majoring in social work...Favorite leisure activities include singing, dancing, reading and shopping...Admires former Olympic track & field gold medallist Wilma Rudolph and four-time U.S. Olympian and former Lady Vol 800m standout Joetta Clark...Nicole has three younger siblings: Anthony, 14; Mozetta, 12; and Darsheal, 9...Nicole Domonique Cook was born on Dec. 16, 1982, in Grand Rapids, Mich....Parents are Anthony and Yvette Cook.



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