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Result: Donson Cook-Gallardo - 2nd in 800m (All-America)

Men's Track and Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. (Thur.) / 10:30 a.m. (Fri.) / 11:00 a.m. (Sat.) at La Crosse, Wis. - Veterans Memorial Stadium

Donson Cook-Gallardo is 800-meter runner-up at NCAA Championships, earns seventh All-America award

Donson Cook-Gallardo
Donson Cook-Gallardo
Photo: D3photography.com

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- When Donson Cook-Gallardo (Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) crossed the finish line for the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championships, it brought the curtain down on one of the most impressive athletic careers in Carleton College history. The senior finished second in the race, earning his seventh career All-America award and the sixth in track and field.

Cook-Gallardo posted a time of 1:50.23, his fastest of the 2018 season and the third fastest of his career. This was the second consecutive year that he was the national runner-up at this distance. A year ago he missed out on the title by 0.01 second.

Cook-Gallardo grabbed the lead from the start and paced the pack for the first lap and a half of the race.

Ramapao College senior Jeremy Hernandez—who broke the D-III record in the indoor mile earlier this year—made a push with 200 meters remaining in Saturday’s race, but Cook-Gallardo answered that challenge.

Andrew Sharp of Greenville College was next to made a move and moved to the outside to race side-by-side with Cook-Gallardo down the home stretch. Sharp, who owned the nation’s top time during the season, inched in front with only 20 meters remaining and held on for the victory.

“I came into today thinking I was going to make it a race regardless of how I finish,” said Cook-Gallardo. “I can’t be too upset about seven All-American awards. I’m grateful that I could compete and leave it all out on the track.”

Cook-Gallardo earned All-America status at three NCAA Championships during the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to Saturday’s result, he placed 15th at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships and took third in the mile run at the 2018 national indoor meet. His seven All-America awards are tied for second in Carleton men’s cross country/track and field history (SEE CHARTS BELOW).

Cook-Gallardo will return to the Carleton campus and graduate on June 9 after majoring in biology. Less than two weeks later he moves to Florida to start medical school at the University of Miami.

“Donson wanted to go to Miami so he could make an impact in the Hispanic community,” explained Carleton head coach Dave Ricks.

“He’s got a great sense of humor and has been so easy to coach. It has been a fun four years. Maybe if I coach until I’m 135, then I might see another runner like Donson Cook-Gallardo come through our program.”

MOST ALL-AMERICA AWARDS IN CARLETON COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD HISTORY

9 -- Dan Casper (1986-89)
6 -- Mac Test (1987-88)
6 -- Donson Cook-Gallardo (2015-18)
6 -- Mac Test (1987-88)
4 -- Gerard Cote (1991-92)
4 -- Jeff Scherer (1991-92)
4 -- Paul Blomgren (1991-92)
4 -- Dan Virnig (1994-96)
3 -- Dale Kramer (1976-78)
3 -- Rick Bollin (1984-86)
3 -- Jeff Brown (1986-88)
3 -- Tom Ballinger (2007-09)
3 -- Hart Hornor (2015-16)

MOST COMBINED ALL-AMERICA AWARDS IN CARLETON COLLEGE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND FIELD HISTORY

9 -- Dan Casper (1986-89)
7 -- Dale Kramer (1974-78)
7 -- Donson Cook-Gallardo (2014-18)
6 -- Mac Test (1987-88)
6 -- Mac Test (1987-88)
5 -- Hart Hornor (2014-16)
4 -- Gerard Cote (1991-92)
4 -- Jeff Scherer (1991-92)
4 -- Paul Blomgren (1991-92)
4 -- Dan Virnig (1994-96)

DONSON COOK-GALLARDO ALL-AMERICA AWARDS

Cross Country
2017 -- 8000 meters (15th place)

Indoor Track and Field
2016 -- 800-meter run (4th place)
2017 -- mile run (3rd place)
2018 -- mile run (3rd place)

Outdoor Track and Field
2017 -- 800-meter run (2nd place)
2017 -- 1500-meter run (2nd place)
2018 -- 800-meter run (2nd place)