Cook runs to Ge­or­gia Tech

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO Sports Ed­i­tor

Adam Cook had to give up some­thing to get some­thing.

Wed­nes­day the move paid off as the East­side se­nior signed a let­ter of in­tent to run track at Ge­or­gia Tech.

Cook was a dual sport ath­lete grow­ing up be­fore a groin in­jury and the ad­vice of his par­ents brought him off the foot­ball field. Run­ning strictly track, Cook made a name for him­self in the sport catch­ing the at­ten­tion of the Yel­low Jack­ets.

Af­ter he placed in the state track meet a year ago, Ge­or­gia Tech reached out to Cook, who jumped at the chance.

“I was ex­cited,” Cook said. “I en­joyed the scenery (of down­town At­lanta) at Tech when I vis­ited Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity dur­ing my fresh­man year.

Cook will pur­sue a ma­jor in busi­ness with a fo­cus on the fi­nance track in hopes of be­com­ing a sports agent.

How­ever, prior to that he is hop­ing to make a splash of his own in the sports world while at Ge­or­gia Tech.

“If he puts the work in and learns how to bal­ance be­tween school and track I think he can tal­ented,” East­side coach Frankie Iver­son said.

His tal­ents have shined even brighter over the last year af­ter he asked Iver­son and his other East­side coaches if he should con­tinue play­ing foot­ball.

Along with his par­ents, Cook de­cided to stick strictly to track and has put in the work to not only earn him­self a schol­ar­ship but also chase a state ti­tle.

“He won­dered what would be a bet­ter fit for him,” Iver­son said. “I told him it would be a lot eas­ier for him to pur­sue track. He had tal­ent in both but it was start­ing to be onesided be­tween track and foot­ball. “He started to get a lit­tle bet­ter in track than foot­ball.”

It’s ironic that he ended up ex­celling in track, the sport he started just to build con­di­tion­ing for foot­ball.

“He was very ded­i­cated to foot­ball early on and I en­cour­aged him to run track for con­di­tion­ing and to work on his speed,” said Ad­di­son Cook, Adam’s fa­ther. “As it turns out all his track coaches said, ‘this is where his true tal­ent is.’”

In the be­gin­ning of his track ca­reer Cook didn’t like it at all but kept with it to pre­pare him­self for a sea­son of be­ing re­lied on to run the ball on the foot­ball field.

“When I first started I didn’t like run­ning,” Adam Cook said. “I would run faster and faster just to get it over with sooner.”

The faster he ran, the fur­ther track came to be­ing over with.

In his ju­nior year, he suf­fered a se­vere groin pull which kept him off the field for the rest of the sea­son. The in­jury was sup­posed to keep him out for a year but he started run­ning again within six months.

He even par­tic­i­pated in the 2011 state cham­pi­onship while in­jured.

“He de­cided foot­ball is the type of sport that could end at any mo­ment,” Ad­di­son Cook said. “He said, ‘I rather ded­i­cate my­self 100 per­cent to track.’”

Since then his run­ning has im­proved by leaps and bounds.

“He’s one of the bet­ter ones be­cause he de­vel­oped his tal­ent,” Iver­son said. “When you work at your tal­ent you’re go­ing to make it a lot bet­ter. Once he did and started con­cen­trat­ing to­tally on track he got a lot bet­ter.”

He will con­tinue to work at Ge­or­gia Tech where his track coach, Grover Hins­dale, spe­cial­izes in Adam Cook’s event, the 400.

“We’re re­ally proud that he’s go­ing to be a Yel­low Jacket,” Ad­di­son Cook said.

Bryan Fazio/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Adam Cook signed a let­ter of in­tent with Ge­or­gia Tech Wed­nes­day. Left to right, bot­tom row are brother Ace Cook, fa­ther, Ad­di­son Cook, Adam Cook and mother, Michelle Cook. Stand­ing left to right are Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Dr. Bruce Mc­col­l­umn and coach Frankie Iver­son.

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